An interactive map of the U.S. in 1854 that allows users to see the economic, demographic, and political makeup of regions and states at the time. Under the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854, popular sovereignty allowed the settlers of a federal territory to decide the slavery question without interference from Congress.
A student interactive that uses a series of animated maps to summarize all the factors and statistics on the United States on the eve of the American Civil War. Click on the various tabs across the bottom of the interactive to bring up the different statistical maps.
Students may be interested in getting a sense for what combat in the European theater was really like. Most of the pop-ups on the interactive map include oral histories by men who participated in these engagements.
This student interactive timeline, from the curriculum unit, “The United States and Europe: From Neutrality to War, 1921–1941,” is designed to illustrate the U.S. response to crises in Europe and East Asia during the years 1931–1941.
The Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484-425 BCE), our best source of information about the battle of Thermopylae, depicted in the movie 300, was born several years after the battle actually took place, but the memory of that heroic stand was still very much alive among the Greeks.