USA Portal

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Welcome to the general portal for US history.

Pre-Recorded Lectures or Podcasts

  • 15 Minute History This podcast series from the history department at the University of Texas at Austin is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in world history, United States history, and Texas history. They are meant to be a resource for both teachers and students, and can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in history.
  • Smithsonian Social Studies Online This episode of Smithsonian Social Studies Online focuses on maps as historical sources. The maps featured address Indian Removals and enslavement.

Assignments or Readings

  • American Yawp: The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses.
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Other Resources

  • Mapping American Social Movements: This project produces and displays free interactive maps showing the historical geography of dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics since the late 19th century, including radical movements, civil rights movements, labor movements, women's movements, and more.
  • Slave Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic and Intra-American slave trade databases are the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world. The new Voyages website itself is the product of three years of development by a multi-disciplinary team of historians, librarians, curriculum specialists, cartographers, computer programmers, and web designers, in consultation with scholars of the slave trade from universities in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.
  • Korean War Legacy Project The goal of the Korean War Legacy Project is to assist teachers, students, and the general public in understanding the origins and outcomes of the Korean War, the challenges that soldiers faced while fighting it, and its rich legacy promoting democracy and freedom in the world today. The site is run by the Korean War Legacy Foundation, and includes interviews, text, and teaching tools.
  • *Freedom on the Move Freedom on the Move is a database of fugitives from North American slavery that serves as a research aid, a pedagogical tool, and a resource for genealogists. Scholars, students, and citizen historians will be able to use the data produced from the ads in new and creative ways. The site includes resources for K-12 education.
  • The Living New Deal The mission of the Living New Deal is three-fold: research, presentation and education. It begins with the historical work of uncovering the immense riches of New Deal public works. That research is then made available to all through digital mapping and a website that serves as a clearinghouse for information on the New Deal.
  • Slavery Images The images in Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. Our growing collection currently has over 1,200 images. This website is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.
  • Mapping History The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments, and dynamics.
  • The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. It includes thousands of letters and diaries, census and government records, and newspapers and speeches. The Valley in the Classroomincludes lesson plans and sample paper topics. This project is part of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia.