Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events

A comprehensive timeline on American history from the mid-17th century through 1920, as well as a robust listing of American literary movements.

Deatail of Japanese woodblock of a ship from Perry's fleet

Black Ships & Samurai: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan

An MIT open courseware unit on how Japanese artists visualized the arrival and effects of Commodore Perry's fleet in 1853.

Bill of Rights Institute

The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

Bethlehem Digital History Project

Provides online access to digitized primary source materials, transcriptions, translations and contextual information relating to the early history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741-1844. It is the aim of this project to encourage broad or specialized exploration of local, regional and national history.

Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Library

Dedicated to educating the public about Franklin’s enduring legacy and inspiring renewed appreciation of the values he embodied.

BackStory with the American History Guys

BackStory is a brand-new public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today.

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School

An online library of documents in law and diplomacy from the 16th to the 20th Century.

At Home in the Heartland Online

In-depth materials on family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present.

Asia Society: Education and Learning

A gateway to educational resources on the history and cultures of Asia.

Asia Society: Policy and Politics

Information about all aspects of Asian culture, particularly Asian current affairs. Also available are links to pronunciation guides for Asian languages. This site also contains constructive activities for elementary grade students.