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Digital History Reader

An online learning experience designed to help students develop the analytical skills employed by historians. It presents key events in U.S. and European history in the format of self-contained modules. Students learn by exploring data, evaluating conflicting accounts or interpretations, and developing conclusions based on the evidence.

Congress enacts Northwest Ordinance, excluding slavery from vast territories in midwest

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Guampedia

A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of Guam; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.

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Encyclopedia Virginia: Battle of Manassas or Bull Run

The First Battle of Manassas, or Bull Run, fought on July 21, 1861, was the first major battle of the American Civil War (1861–1865). Find out more about this event in the first and ultimate online reference work about Virginia.

  • Launchpad: Frederick Douglass's “What To the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

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    Young American Heroes: True Stories of Young People in U.S. History

    Young American Heroes tells stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things in American history. Visitors can add to the stories already told here. Educators (teachers, parents, home-school learning coaches) can allow their students to use all of the video, graphic novel, and other tools available on the site for creating new story materials. The stories of these young American heroes are told on this website as well as through television programs shown on some PBS stations. This site includes graphic novel versions of the stories, selected videos, graphic novels, and other story materials that other users have created.

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    Young American Heroes: True Stories of Young People in U.S. History

    Young American Heroes tells stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things in American history. Television programs featuring these young heroes can also be viewed here. The website enables visitors to add to these stories using  video, graphic novel, and other tools. The graphic novel versions of the stories are freely available for downloading, reading on screen, or printing out. The site also features selected videos, graphic novels, and other story materials that other users have created.

    War of 1812 begins

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    Picturing U.S. History

    Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is an NEH funded digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The Picturing U.S. History site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.