Let your students fill the shoes of 14-year-old printer's apprentice Nat Wheeler as tensions mount before the Boston Massacre in Mission US, "For Crown or Colony?," an NEH-funded multimedia project featuring a free, interactive educational game set in 1770s Boston, with lesson plans, and more.
Immerse your students in primary document exploration through online databases. Teach critical thinking skills, document analysis, and polish world language knowledge and skills. Here's a sampling... and more...
Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from c. 1935 to c. 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is considered one of the most important documentations of 20th-century African American life. Search the archives of this NEH-funded project, follow image threads, watch a video about the artist, and enjoy using this rich resource in your classroom.
Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game based on the NEH supported traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005. The online game is intended for advanced middle- and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln’s actions. A Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites and EDSITEment lessson plans on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.
When W. E. B. Du Bois founded The Crisis in 1910, as the house magazine of the fledgling NAACP, he created what is arguably the most widely read and influential periodical about race and social injustice in U.S. history. Written for educated African-American readers, the magazine reached a truly national audience within nine years, when its circulation peaked at about 100,000. In the twelve years that will be covered by the MJP edition (from 1910 to 1922), The Crisis addressed most every facet of life for blacks in America, devoting special issues to such topics as women's suffrage, education, children, labor, homes, vacations, and the war. From the start, the magazine actively promoted the arts as well, and is deservedly recognized as an important crucible for the Harlem Renaissance.
Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of some of the states and the territories.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Second Manassas Campaign of the Civil War. Waged August 13 – September 3, 1862, the battle was an important Confederate victory for General Robert E. Lee and his deputy, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
NEH affiliate New Mexico Humanities Council's online Atlas of Historic New Mexico maps contains twenty historic maps of New Mexico, annotated with descriptions by the map makers and others people living, working, and exploring in New Mexico at that time.
The September 11 Digital Archive presents the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images.
Chronicling America enhances access to America's regional, historic newspapers. This site allows the visitor to search, view, clip, and save pages from 1836 through 1922, as well as find newspapers published between 1620 and the present. Learn more about using Chronicling America in the classroom with EDSITEment's Chronicling America special feature.
This living history museum offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. Multi-media references include interactive, You are the Historian, and a teacher’s guide to discover what really happened at the First Thanksgiving.
The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, also known as the Princeton Edition and as the Thoreau Edition, was founded in 1966 as an attempt to recover the lost words of one of America's most influential writers and to answer the pressing need for a complete, definitive, annotated, and readily available edition of his writings, including his Journal and correspondence
Guampedia, Guam’s online encyclopedia, informs of the unique history, culture, environment and present-day society of the Pacific Island of Guam.
This comprehensive collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of West Virginia has a special section for classroom teachers and is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world.
National Digital Newspapers Program, a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress, and state projects provides enhanced access to United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.
ARTFL: American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, founded in 1982, provides members with access to North America's largest collection of digitized French resources.
Laura Jernegan, Girl on a Whale Ship: In October 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6-year-old-girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts, set out on a three-year whaling voyage with her father, mother, and brother.
Attack on Deerfield: On February 29, 1704, the sun rose on a chaotic scene in Deerfield, Massachusetts ...