Reviewed Websites: General

general web sites
 
This is a remarkably detailed web site that chronicles the experience of Africans in America up through the Civil War, dividing the experience into four periods. For each of these periods the site provides a wealth of resources that will help teachers. These materials include resource banks with primary sources and historians' brief responses to specific questions. The site also offers teachers' guides and lesson plans, many of which revolve around the PBS documentary also entitled Africans in America, links to additional web sites, and short bibliographies.
 
This site is part of the Library of Congress and contains a wealth of images, audio files, and documents related to American history.
 
George Mason University hosts this site, one of the most useful sites for teachers. While the main page has nice collections of useful web sites, including a fantastic site on the French Revolution, most teachers will go immediately to the World History Matters site. The World History Matters site includes a searchable collection of primary sources, dozens of lesson plans using primary sources available on the web, a syllabus depository, and an annotated list of 100s of web sites and web site reviews.
 
Ohio State University's eHistory site features maps, images, book reviews, and a long list of "MultiMedia Histories" as well as other features. Additionally the site contains the full text of John Guilmartin's book America in Vietnam and a dozen other texts on US wars, along with the complete (and searchable) Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
 
Teaching ideas and more utilizing the National Archives collection. Look here for documents analysis worksheets.
 
Origins: Current Events in Historical Perpective
Every month since 2007, Origins has provided historical insight on current events that matter to the United States and to the world. The history departments of Ohio State University and Miami University in Oxford produce a main article that appears on the 15th of each month and features an expert who analyzes a pressing issue—whether political, cultural, or social—in a broader, deeper context. Origins’ main articles focus on the long-term trends and patterns, search for the foundations of today’s events, and explore the often complicated nature of a particular current event. Other features include a History Talk podcast (with interviews and segments about today's most interesting topics), book reviews, lesson plans, and more.
 
Created and maintained by a professor of history at the College of Staten Island, West Web offers a topical look at all things Western. Although not all of the sections are completed, all do provide links to other recommended sites for information. Of particular interest to the U.S. history teacher will be the sections on "Teaching Western History," "The Mechanical Eye"-a guide to sites with photographs of the West, "Children of the Sun"-a guide to information on native peoples and archeological projects in the West, and "Making it on Their Own"-a collection of primary and secondary sources about women's lives in the West.
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