An exhibit by the Library of Congress supplies diverse facts on the famous 1492 voyage. The exhibition first examines the encounter between the European explorers and the native people. They explore five geographical areas: The Caribbean Island Societies, the Middle American Cultures, the Andes, Life in the Highlands, the South Atlantic Peoples, and the Diverse Societies of North America. The changing order of the Mediterranean World gives a new perspective to the discovery of America. The entry for Christopher Columbus, too, gives a different slant on the Man and the Myth. The entire site is fortified with pictures and descriptions of artifacts from the time. All in all, the Library of Congress presents multiple routes for discussions on Columbus Day.
This is a detailed biography about George Westinghouse with a link to an article about Westinghouse from the Wilmerding News, 1904. Read about his many inventions that improved railroad safety.
This American Memory site provides a comprehensive collection of Abraham Lincoln papers. Read the introduction page so you can see how they are organized. You can search by keyword or just browse the collection. Very interesting!!
The Library of Congress presents Abraham Lincoln's Primary Source Set. Provides numerous examples of primary documents such as handwritten letters to Mary Todd Lincoln, drafts of speeches, and auditory examples of Lincoln's speech at Gettysburg. Includes information for teachers on how to use and create primary source sets and how to utilize the Lincoln Primary Source Set in the Classroom with lesson plan ideas.
This website from the Library of Congress has primary source documents and pictures concerning the development of Liberia as a country for freed slaves in Africa. There are links to other areas on the Library of Congress website.
A section of an online exhibit that deals with historically important documents about the abolition movement from its earliest Quaker beginnings in the early 18th century through 1860.
This site provides primary source documents and commentary that give an overall look at many different aspects of abolition, the antislavery movement, and the rise of division between North and South. From the Library of Congress.
A site that chronicles through documents the accomplishments of African-Americans, both slave and free, from colonial times through the Civil War.
Part of a virtual exhibit by the Library of Congress, this site details the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the newly freed slaves. It contains photographs of artwork and a map from the period.
From the Library of Congress, this resource documents the course of post-Civil War, post-slavery life for black Americans. Topics include education, constitutional amendments, voting rights and the many challenges African Americans faced as newly free citizens. Includes political cartoons, maps and legislative information along with other primary source documents and commentary.
This two-part feature on African American history offers an in-depth look at the events of the 1960's civil rights movement. Discusses voting rights, laws, military segregation, freedom rides, sit-ins and the NAACP. Includes historic photographs and other primary sources.
This exhibit on the African American culture and history ranges from the 1948 desegregation of the military to Hank Aaron's breaking of Babe Ruth's homerun record in 1974. Includes images of historical photographs and documents.
Library of Congress collection of books, pamphlets, and photographs that are tied together for a special presentation "The Progress of a People." Proceed through the three sessions: Segregation and Violence, Solving the Race Problem, and Contributions to the Nation using historical documents.
An excellent overview of the African American experience in America beginning with West Africa during the slave trade, through emancipation and reconstruction, to "New beginnings."
The Library of Congress takes an in-depth look into the life of Abraham Lincoln through the use of Alfred Whital Stern's collection of Lincoln memorabilia. View letters written by Lincoln as well as various objects from his life. Provides a link to a gallery of objects in the collection. View each item in 360 and read about each items connection to Lincoln. Presents an essay over Alfred Whital Stern's collection and how he was able to collect objects from Lincoln's life.