Homework Help - U. S. History

U. S. History Jumping-off Points

Integrating U. S. History with Educational Technology
Deborah T. Aufdenspring
New Technology High School
Napa, California



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For the remainder of the semester we will be studying four themes:

ROOTS OF THE MODERN NATION
THE NEW ERA OF THE TWENTIES
ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THE NEW DEAL
THE UNITED STATES AS A WORLD POWER.

Below are a few example links for each theme. If you are researching the Web for homework assignments, you might look at these samples for relevant information, or as examples of types of history sites, or as examples of how to search. Then go on and do further research yourself by using the search engine links on the
Homework Help - Search and Cite Site page. I expect you to learn to research the Internet on your own, and to be able to cite your sources accurately.

Also below are links to some major history and social studies index sites. You might take a look at them for ideas, or for an estimate of the scope of history materials on the Web. There are several sites that are both full of information and beautifully done.

A third set of example links below points you towards minority history pages.

COURSE (THEME) SITES


ROOTS OF THE MODERN NATION

Andrew Carnegie - A tribute to Andrew Carnegie (A collage site - multimedia, multidocument. Found by searching "Carnegie" on Alta Vista search engine.)

Knights of Labor
- A description of one of America's first labor unions, includes a (large) graphic of Harper's Weekly. (A single subject site. Found by searching "unions" on the Inference search engine, reading one of the documents found, A Short History of American Labor, and then doing another Inference search for "Knights of Labor". This document is footnoted, with a bibliography. That could lead to further searches).


THE NEW ERA OF THE TWENTIES

F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary - An extensive Fitzgerald site, includes copies of his works, such as short stories, like Bernice Bobs Her Hair , that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post .(A collage site about Fitzgerald. Found by searching "flapper" on Inference engine, and backtracking links to Fitzgerald.)

Calvin Coolidge - Inaugural Address - What a Republican had to say about America in the mid-1920's. (A single document site. Found by searching "Coolidge" on HotBot engine.)


ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THE NEW DEAL

The FDR Cartoon Archive - A site that shows collected editorial cartoons about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This site was put together by high school students. (A single subject - FDR cartoons- site, with some source material. Found by searching "FDR" on Inference engine.)

Voices of the '30's - personal Depression stories - A WPA project that recorded real stories of people's lives. (An original source site. Found by browsing the Library of Congress site.)


THE UNITED STATES AS A WORLD POWER

The Harry Truman Presidential Library - Harry Truman's Presidential Library has all his papers, biographical source material, other people's remembrances, etc. (A huge source material site. Found by searching "Truman" on Alta Vista engine. Would have been faster to search "Harry Truman".)


Enola Gay Perspectives - A hypertext collection of links to the events and people that affected, or were affected by, the first use of the atom bomb. (A collage site. Found by searching "Yalta" on HotBot engine, and backtracking links to this more general site.)

U. S. HISTORY SITES (INDEX AND GENERAL CONTENT)

SCORE - Schools of California Online Resources for Education site has resources indexed to the state framework we follow in U. S. History. This link takes you to the history page. Search by grade level and then click on "11." Click on the "resources" button after identifying the framework theme (see above) you need.

American History Archives at Mississippi State - Numerous resources for 20th century U.S. History

American Memory Project at Library of Congress - Little time capsules of American history and folkways

American Studies Web at Georgetown University - A great resource for the American Literature part of the course, as well as for U.S. History

From Revolution to Reconstruction (and beyond) at Rutgers University - A HyperText outline of American History with links embedded in the outline.

Historical Web Site List at the University of Kansas - A massive list (takes time to download) of historical sites. This site includes world history as well as U.S. Use the find button on Netscape (or its equivalent in other browsers) to search the site after it has loaded.

Historical Documents Archive at the University of Oklahoma - Important American documents are reproduced here, from the 1600's to the present, alphabetized by time period.

The Smithsonian Institute - The largest museum of Americana.

MINORITY HISTORY SITES

African-American History Page - at Mississippi State, resources for studying black America

Asian-American Resources - at University of Virgina, links to Asian-American pages, including history resources

Latino History and Education - at LatinoWeb, resources for studying Latino history

Native-American Resources - at University of Virgina, links to Native-American pages, including history resources


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