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The Haymarket Drama - Chicago Historical Society

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While this comprehensive site about the Chigago labor unrest of 1886 offers seemingly endless narrative, its most useful feature is probably the collection of archival images, cartoons,...more
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While this comprehensive site about the Chigago labor unrest of 1886 offers seemingly endless narrative, its most useful feature is probably the collection of archival images, cartoons, and photos from the period. These give students a far better feel for the passion of the era. There's also plenty of research information.

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This site would be useful in a comparative study of labor history, or for a lesson on media reporting of news events.

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Hayes vs. Tilden - Harpweek.com

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Compare the 2000 election controversy to the 1876 presidential election, in which the Electoral College ended up deciding the presidency. This site is especially noteworthy for its...more
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Compare the 2000 election controversy to the 1876 presidential election, in which the Electoral College ended up deciding the presidency. This site is especially noteworthy for its use of historical political cartoons and its day-by-day recounting of the events following the general election. From Harpweek.com, which creates resources from archival editions of Harper's Weekly.

Although this resource was created based on the 2000 election, the background information and historical comparisons are valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history.

tag(s): college (48), electoral college (17)

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Use the political cartoons as starters or introductory activities during a lesson on the controversial election. Find a cartoon that you think would be the best understood boy your students as well as the one that will most likely get them communicating and thinking about the topic on hand. Posting the image on the projector, have students reflect on the image either verbally or in some sort of journal writing. To differentiate it for a higher-level class, have the students respond to a specific component of the image, such as perspective, point of view, bias, intent, various layers, etc.

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Stephen Collins Foster - University of Pittsburgh

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This site from the University of Pittsburgh traces the life and songwriting career of Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster. Foster's music is seen by many as helping to define American...more
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This site from the University of Pittsburgh traces the life and songwriting career of Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster. Foster's music is seen by many as helping to define American culture during this period. This site offers interesting research material, as well as more detailed content for the advanced student.

tag(s): biographies (88)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans with the Teacher Resource portion of this site. Great supplements for a unit on the Civil War, just make sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Railway Women in Wartime

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This is a fascinating archival photo collection describing how important women were to the railroads during World War I and World War II. The site includes some British and European...more
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This is a fascinating archival photo collection describing how important women were to the railroads during World War I and World War II. The site includes some British and European content as well.

tag(s): railroads (11), women (92)

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Use this site to challenge students to apply their knowledge of WWI and WWII knowledge in combination with their creative writing skills. Assign students to cooperative learning groups and have them select an image from the site. Students will narrate the image as a story, using their knowledge of the war in combination with their imaginations. Have students explain who this women is, what is she doing, why is she important, and how the war has affected her. Her personal profile may be made up, but the information concerning the war should be all factual. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

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Quilts and Quiltmaking in America - Library of Congress

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Used for more than warmth, quilts frequently told stories and histories. This Library of Congress site explains how and shows examples. ...more
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Used for more than warmth, quilts frequently told stories and histories. This Library of Congress site explains how and shows examples.

tag(s): crafts (43), women (92)

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This site is a great way to show that not all historical sources have to be text. In fact they can include art, oral communication, stories, and even quilts as we see in this site. Show some of the quilts on the projector and have students hypothesize what they're about or what they are trying to portray. Would be a great quick activity to get students thinking outside of the box in concern to sources.

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Honor Roll of Notable Women - Scholastic

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Find a list of women achievers in history from Cleopatra through Oprah Winfrey. You can also nominate one of these women or someone else for the Honor Roll of Notable ...more
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Find a list of women achievers in history from Cleopatra through Oprah Winfrey. You can also nominate one of these women or someone else for the Honor Roll of Notable Women.

tag(s): famous people (21), women (92)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have each group select one of the notable women, making sure that they fully study and research her biography. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of their selected person, narrating it as though it were a news report commemorating her life. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here).

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National Museum of Women in the Arts - Smithsonian Institution

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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists. ...more
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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists.

tag(s): women (92)

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Duke University's Collection on Women in the Civil War - Duke University

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Includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from women in the Civil war era detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students studying...more
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Includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from women in the Civil war era detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students studying the history of Women as well as US History.

tag(s): women (92)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the Civil War. Examine the journals and diaries online as a way to prompt an activity where students will write their own "authentic" diary entry. Pick an event in the unit you are studying and have students write a journal entry as though they just participated in the event. The activity will get them thinking about what kinds of information we can find in journals and diaries and what it might have been like to experience the events in person.

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Duke University's Collection on African-American Women - Duke University

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This site includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from African-American women detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students...more
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This site includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from African-American women detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students studying the history of women as well as US History.

tag(s): african american (114), women (92)

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Use these letters to shed more light on what slave-life was like in the Antebellum south. Print out some of the letters and distribute them to students while they are in cooperative learning groups. Have each group analyze the letters and report back to the class what they were able to learn about the slave authors. Use this to steer students into a discussion to the differences between chattel slavery and that seen in the Caribbeans. This can cover topics of the economic impact of slavery and some of the restrictions that existed, such as literacy laws and the significance of finding slave letters to begin with. A very interesting collection!

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Distinguished Women

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This site contains a listing of women (American and otherwise) who are famous in their particular fields. It includes biographies of some of the women listed. This site could be ...more
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This site contains a listing of women (American and otherwise) who are famous in their particular fields. It includes biographies of some of the women listed. This site could be used to aid in researching famous women of the past. Text-heavy and a little dated, the content is there nonetheless. Privately published.

tag(s): women (92)

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Use the reading list published on this site to search for new reading materials for your classroom during Women's history month, or for an addition of women's history into your every day curriculum. The reading list however would be great for book talks or papers!

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Women in Biology

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Here's a "labor-of-love" site designed for women scientists. It offers some interesting demographic information on women in science, as well as "from the trenches" commentary on some...more
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Here's a "labor-of-love" site designed for women scientists. It offers some interesting demographic information on women in science, as well as "from the trenches" commentary on some of the issues confronting talented women trying to build careers.

tag(s): scientists (70), women (92)

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American Women in Uniform

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Here's a site - with an attitude - about women in the military. There's plenty of information on the roles of women from the 18th century to the present, with ...more
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Here's a site - with an attitude - about women in the military. There's plenty of information on the roles of women from the 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on the extent of women's accomplishments. Nice source for some information that's hard to find elsewhere.

tag(s): air (163), navy (9), women (92)

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Although the current events may be a few years behind, the facts that this site has on women of earlier wars is really interesting quality information. Incorporate this information into a women's history month special, or simply into your every day curriculum. Especially interesting is the information offered about the Revolutionary and Civil War - students will be interested to hear about these important characters who are typically ignored in their textbooks.

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African American Women Writers - New York Public Library

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This site from the New York Public Libarary lets users access texts of writings by 19th century African American women. The titles and topics vary, but the site offers an ...more
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This site from the New York Public Libarary lets users access texts of writings by 19th century African American women. The titles and topics vary, but the site offers an interesting exposure to primary sources that might not otherwise be available.

tag(s): african american (114), women (92), writing (366)

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Thomas Jefferson - Life and Labor at Monticello - Library of Congress

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Students can approach this online exhibit from the Library of Congress at several levels. Elementary students can make use of the collection of captioned images (click to enlarge them)....more
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Students can approach this online exhibit from the Library of Congress at several levels. Elementary students can make use of the collection of captioned images (click to enlarge them). Older students can benefit from the discussion of Jefferson's experiments with farming, physics, and practical contraptions. Great exposure to a man who studied everything.

tag(s): jefferson (20)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about Jefferson. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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This site, based on Jefferson's Virginia estate, provides good history and an even better, highly detailed description of what Jefferson's daily life was like while at home on his plantation....more
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This site, based on Jefferson's Virginia estate, provides good history and an even better, highly detailed description of what Jefferson's daily life was like while at home on his plantation. Good site for background on 18th century lifestyles, as well as the specifics of one of our greatest historical figures. We've bookmarked the lesson plans; explore from there!

tag(s): jefferson (20)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities on this site! This would be a great resource for a unit studying the Founding Fathers, Jefferson in particular.

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Spy Letters of the American Revolution - University of Michigan

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This site offers a collection of resources dealing with spies and espionage during the American Revolution. In addition to copies of actual letters, there are stories about famous spies...more
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This site offers a collection of resources dealing with spies and espionage during the American Revolution. In addition to copies of actual letters, there are stories about famous spies and their impact on the conflict. There are also several neat "experiments" showing how to create secret codes, invisible ink, and other spy tricks. From the University of Michigan.

tag(s): american revolution (89)

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In the "Teachers Lounge" section of this website there are resources for study questions, classroom activities, themes and projects concerning primary sources. This site is an excellent way to get students interested in a time period of which they may think they know everything already. Teachers can also tie the information they learn here into a classroom discussion of espionage and its use in our world today. Definitely check this site out if looking for some fresh ideas on the American Revolution.

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The American Revolution

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Developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities in conjunction with the PBS series Liberty! Extensive links, discussion groups, primary sources, and historical...more
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Developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities in conjunction with the PBS series Liberty! Extensive links, discussion groups, primary sources, and historical essays.

tag(s): american revolution (89), evolution (102)

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Be forewarned, some of the links on this site are slightly out of date and may be dead. However, under the resources section of this site are some excellent links for classroom activities and lesson plans to compliment a unit on the American Revolution. If looking for some fresh ideas and lesson plans, refer to this site and check out some of their resources and references.

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Who Wrote the Constitution? - National Archives

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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this...more
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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this site from the National Archives lets you learn more about them.

tag(s): biographies (88), constitution (87)

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Use the biographies on this site as a starting point working on a research project, or for research material for historical heads. Historical heads allows students to illustrate important events in a character's life, inside of the blank outline of a human head. Students write up elsewhere the significance of every event pictured, but drawing tends to help students organize the material - useful tool for review!

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Ben Franklin - Franklin Institute

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Ben Franklin is one of America's most colorful patriots. As this site from the Franklin Institute shows, his accomplishments as legislator, diplomat, and scientist were recognized as...more
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Ben Franklin is one of America's most colorful patriots. As this site from the Franklin Institute shows, his accomplishments as legislator, diplomat, and scientist were recognized as extraordinary even in his own day.

tag(s): american revolution (89), evolution (102), franklin (12)

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Within the "learn more" section are k12 resources that list several lesson plans and interactive exhibits and games that could easily be used as learning centers or stations. Have students work on them in the beginnings and ends of a unit, having the material serve as both introduction and review. Great resource for a teacher working on a unit about the Founding Fathers.

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Drums Along the Mowhawk

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The title has nothing to do with the book by the same name, but this page offers lots of detail about people and places involved in the American revolution in ...more
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The title has nothing to do with the book by the same name, but this page offers lots of detail about people and places involved in the American revolution in New York state. Developed as a labor of love by a TV producer and web designer, there's a lot of primary source content and surprisingly detailed graphics. Well worth a visit.

tag(s): american revolution (89), evolution (102)

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Primary sources could be used to teach both the content and historical thinking skills in your classroom. Divide students into 5-6 groups, with each group assigned a different primary source to read and evaluate. (Sources should come from various perspectives to make the game more interesting, but should have the same general topic) Have the groups present quick summaries of their source to the class, making sure to mention who the author is and whether or not there could be bias. After all have presented, have each team pick a representative to argue in front of the class as to why their source is the most reliable and valid. After all have made their argument, have the class vote off the least reliable "survivor style" until you are left with just one!

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