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.

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Picturing U.S. History

Picturing United States History, an NEH-funded project is based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. The website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into the classroom. The site also serves as a clearing house for incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, literature, and other humanities courses.

Author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe born

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June 14, 1811
Image of forensic skeleton from the Parkman murder trial

Murder on Beacon Hill: The Parkman Murder

A gaming app based on an infamous murder in 19th-century Boston. A week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. Professor John Webster was arrested and put on trial for the murder. A superb history game.

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, The Great Plains states, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and West Virginia and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam; updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible.

First wagon train sets out for the Pacific Northwest on the Oregon Trail

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Lewis & Clark reach Pacific Ocean

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Manjiro, first Japanese immigrant to the continental U.S., arrives

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Henry David Thoreau, American writer and transcendentalist, is born

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Hiram Powers, American sculptor, is born

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