American Memory Timeline
This site helps teachers and students navigate the vast online collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress. The links, arranged by chronological period, lead to sets of selected primary sources on a variety of topics in U.S. history.
California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900
This site consists of texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting California's history from the Gold Rush to the turn of the century. It captures the pioneer experience; encounters between Anglo-Americans and the diverse peoples who had preceded them; the transformation of the land by mining, ranching, ...
Immigration/Migration: Today and During the Great Depression
This is a 4-week American history unit for high school. Students conduct oral history interviews, analyze photos, evaluate the relevance and accuracy of primary and secondary sources, discuss changes in immigration and migration over time, and more.
History of the American West, 1860-1920
This site features 30,000 photos of Colorado towns and landscapes that document the role of mining in the history of Colorado and the West. Photos of Native Americans from more than 40 tribes are included.
American Women: A Reference Guide
This is a first stop for using Library of Congress resources to do research in the field of American women's history. It presents some digital items; however, it serves primarily as a comprehensive guide to the entirety of the Library's holdings on women's history. It includes exhibits that feature ...
From Fantasy to Flight
This site provides photos, letters, articles, and resources for learning about the history of flight -- aircraft and balloons, Alexander Graham Bell's aerodynamic studies, the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky's helicopters, and Amelia Earhart.
From Slavery to Civil Rights
This is a timeline of African-American history. Photos, broadsides, maps, and other items are organized around time periods: slavery, abolition, antebellum, Civil War, reconstruction, progressive era, World War I, between the wars, World War II, and civil rights.
Mapping My Spot in History
This lesson helps students become proficient at observing and interpreting maps, learn architectural and cartographic terms, appreciate their own role in affecting history, and contribute to a panoramic map of their town.
The Great Depression and the 1990s
This lesson asks students to research a modern government program having roots in the New Deal. Following their research, students participate in a congressional forum where they debate which programs should be continued. Recommended for grade 11, can be adapted for other grades.
The Hannah Arendt Papers
This site offers selections from a writer whose work is one of the principal sources for the study of modern intellectual life. Selections include an essay on Arendt's intellectual history, a chronology of her life, and an index of all folders in the Arendt Papers.
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
Suggestions for using primary sources were compiled from the National Digital Library's Educators' Forum held in July, 1995 and from the Library staff. Educators at the Forum, like many throughout the country, know that history comes alive for students who are plugged into primary sources. These suggestions ...
With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight
This collection documents the history of human flight. Photos, drawings, and articles are presented in six categories: myth and fantasy, early science, balloons and airships, kites and gliders, the Wright brothers, and after the Wright brothers.
Living History Project
This is a place where students can learn about the oral history interview process. The site includes examples of how to conduct interviews with people in the community and collect and analyze their life histories. The site links to life histories that were written for the U.S. Works Progress Administration ...
Learning About Immigration through Oral History
This is a lesson plan where a team of middle-school students search the Library of Congress website and other resources to learn how to conduct oral history interviews.
Women Pioneers in American Memory
This site features photographs of women throughout American history who have forged ahead to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their society. These women include pioneers who journeyed across the country to settle unknown western territories, as well as women who struggled for recognition ...
What Is an American?
In 1782 Jean de Crèvecoeur published Letters from an American Farmer in which he defined an American as a "descendent of Europeans" who, if he were "honest, sober and industrious," prospered in a welcoming land of opportunity which gave him choice of occupation and residence. Students will look at life histories from the interviews of everyday Americans conducted by Works Progress Administration officials between 1936-1940 to see if his definition still holds true in this country 150 years late
Comics in the classroom
Graphic novels aren't just "literature lite": they're a genre you can use to explore philosophy, history, human interactions, visual literacy, and more with soon-to-be adults in a high school English class.
Bring history to life with a Living History Day!
A Living History Day turns students into teachers and challenges them to think historically.
Handheld technology: the basics
A brief history of handheld computers and a look at how they work, including a look at operating systems and input and output devices.
Sir Walter Raleigh and South America
Short explanatory passages written for students about the life of Sir Walter Raleigh, specifically as it pertains to the history of South America.