Chronicling America: Library of Congress
November 30, 2014 - 10:43:01
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooks - Open Culture
March 12, 2014 - 20:13:23
Every revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned Victorians like Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold looked to High Church models and played the bishops of Western culture, with a monkish devotion to preserving and transmitting old texts and traditions and turning back to simpler ways of life. It was in 1909, the nadir of this milieu, before the advent of modernism and world war, that The Harvard Classics took shape. Compiled by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine, served as a “monument from a more humane and confident time” (or so its upper classes believed), and a “time capsule…. In 50 volumes.”
December 3, 2013 - 13:31:19
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." In studying the history of the United States, it is important to go back to primary source material. We have gathered in one convenient location, some of the key documents and speeches that all well-informed citizens of the United States would want to be familiar with.
The text of the U.S. Bill of Rights
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:02
The text of the U.S. Bill of Rights found on the UNC Sunsite web site. (Sun Software, Information & Technology Exchange) is a network of Internet servers providing archives of information, software and other publicly available resources. The project, started in the early 1990s, is run by a number of universities worldwide and was initially co-sponsored by Sun Microsystems.
International news | euronews, latest international tv news
October 25, 2013 - 10:22:14
Created in 1992 in Lyons, France, EuroNews is a European Broadcasting Union initiative that was started by a group of European public broadcasters interested in providing European viewers with a diverse set of perspectives of regional and international news. The site will be of interest to anyone with an interest in viewing recent news briefs about a number of important topics of relevance, such as political affairs within the European Union, cultural activities, and technological innovations within various parts of the EU. Visitors can also view a weekly schedule for EuroNews, or elect to view the latest news update from EuroNews. As might be expected, the site may be viewed in a number of languages, including German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. 
Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:34
The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. They are a subset of the Library's larger collection donated by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, in November of 1938.  In Your Classroom: Ask students to read through some of the texts and then extrapolate some of the justifications that we had for refusing women the right to vote. Then ask them to compare those beliefs with some beliefs that are apparent in the world today.
Voices of Civil Rights :: Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:33
AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) have teamed up to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all. We invite you to explore this site, which serves as both a living memorial to those who were a part of the civil rights experience and a tribute to the quest for equality that continues today. Begin by learning about the power of a story.
The United States Constitution
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:32
The full text of the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court Historical Society - Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:31
Celebrating more than 25 years of service to the Supreme Court, the legal profession, historians, and the public, the Supreme Court Historical Society was incorporated in 1974 for the purpose of expanding public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Papers of George Washington
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:30
This website holds a significant representation of the 'Papers of George Washington' which was established in 1969. They include letters written to Washington as well as letter and documents written by him. A new feature of this site is the search engine that allow use to keyword search the papers of our first president.
The Medici Archive Project | The Medici Archive Project
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:29
The Medici family is widely considered one of the most famous and respected patrons of arts during the Renaissance, and their legacy perseveres in the numerous works of art, music, and sculpture that were produced as a result of their beneficence. The archive of the Medici Grand Dukes contains almost three million letters, and offers "the most complete record of any princely regime in Renaissance and Baroque Europe." Currently, the Medici Archive Project is developing this site to place many of these letters online, along with a strong interest in the history of costumes and Jewish history during the Renaissance.  In Your Classroom: This site would make a great dedicated resources for advanced Western Civilization independent studies. Teachers might also use the art work in class presentations.
The Text of Magna Carta
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:28
As might be expected, the text of the Magna Carta of 1215 bears many traces of haste, and is clearly the product of much bargaining and many hands. Most of its clauses deal with specific, and often long-standing, grievances rather than with general principles of law. Some of the grievances are self-explanatory: others can be understood only in the context of the feudal society in which they arose. Of a few clauses, the precise meaning is still a matter of argument.
Declaration of Independence
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:27
The full text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence from England.
Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:26
This is yet another rich source of full text historical documents. The archive is arranged chronilogically so that you can click 18th Century and receive a list of those documents.
PROJECT GUTENBERG OFFICIAL HOME SITE - INDEX -- Free Books On-Line -
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:25
Project Gutenberg was the first to begin digitizing the great works of civilization. It began work in 1971 to enter texts into computers and then eventually to make them available via FTP, the Gopher, and now the Web.
Presidential Inaugural Addresses
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:24
This single file holds all of the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Barrack Obama
Thoreau's Civil Disobedience - with annotated text
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:23
While Walden can be applied to almost anyone's life, "Civil Disobedience" is like a venerated architectural landmark: it is preserved and admired, and sometimes visited, but for most of us there are not many occasions when it can actually be used. Still, although seldom mentioned without references to Gandhi or King, "Civil Disobedience" has more history than many suspect. In the 1940's it was read by the Danish resistance, in the 1950's it was cherished by those who opposed McCarthyism, in the 1960's it was influential in the struggle against South African apartheid, and in the 1970's it was discovered by a new generation of anti-war activists. The lesson learned from all this experience is that Thoreau's ideas really do work, just as he imagined they would.
From Revolution to Reconstruction: Presidents: George Washington
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:22
Includes texts for many of his speeches and writings.  In Your Classroom: Ask your high school students to read some of the writings and speeches of George Washington and other revolution era U.S. leaders and then ask them to hold a debate, pressing their leader's positions in the students' own words.
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. 1989
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:21
This is a hypertext verson of the Inaugural Addresses. You just click on the president's name and get the full text of his speeches.
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:20
Speeches made by influential contemporary women around the world.
Free Speech Movement Digital Archive home
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:19
Thirty-four years later, thanks to a $3.5 million gift from Stephen M. Silberstein, the University of California Berkeley Library and the Bancroft Library began an ambitious program to document the role of Mario Savio and other participants in the Free Speech Movement - a legacy? that can still be traced in political activism and educational reform throughout the country.  In Your Classroom: Students might read through some of the texts and view selected video clips. Then they might create posters supporting or condeming the protests. Each student or team should back up their poster with facts.
Frederick Douglass (American Memory, Library of Congress)
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:18
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.
Cool Quotes - Coolest quotes on the Web.
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:17
CoolQuotes is striving to be the best place on the internet to get cool quotes. Please feel free to browse through our quotes database and discussion forums. Send a quote to a friend or relative by email. Suggest a favorite quote of your own, to be added to our database. Try our random quote generator. Enjoy our Quote of the Day feature. Additionally, for your convenience, we have provided your favorite quote categories to you on our front page. They are: famous quotes, funny quotes, movie quotes, inspirational quotes, friendship quotes, motivational quotes and love quotes.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:16
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
Anne Frank the Writer | An Unfinished Story
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:15
In honor of its 10th anniversary year, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is displaying Anne Frank's original writings, accompanied by this online exhibition. The Web site uses a combination of audio and animation, so that visitors experience Anne's essays and diary entries read aloud, accompanied by images and automatically turning pages. The complete text of all the writings exhibited is available for those who prefer a more traditional reading. There is also a series of video interviews with Anne's relative, Buddy Elias, and the curators of the exhibition.
Anne Frank Museum - officiële website Anne Frank Huis
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:14
The Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam was the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War Two. Excellent Holocaust and World War Two resource.
American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:13
"Rationalize rhetoric, and it speaks to your mind. Personify her and she speaks to your soul." I wide range of sources of rhetoric, including christian rhetoric, movie speeches, rhetoric of 9-11, speach bank, top 100 speeches, etc.
The University of Oklahoma College of Law: A Chronology of US Historical Documents
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:12
This well designed site includes the complete text of many of our nations founding documents, including foundations such as the Magna Carta and the Iroquois Constitution.
Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:11
A chronological listing of the approximately ninety primary source documents spanning from the 15th to the mid-20th century...all part of the "Words and Deeds in American History" project at the Library of Congress
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:10
The text of the U.S. Bill of Rights
DigitalBookIndex: World's Virtual Library (140,000+ FREE eBooks, eTexts, On-Line Books, eDocuments)
October 25, 2013 - 10:14:09
Digital Book Index provides access to more than 80,000 titles records. It is the sole index that gathers both commercial and non-commercial eBooks from more than 1800 publishers and private publishing organizations. Titles range from the Ancient Agriculture to Space Flight in most major disciplinesLiterature, History, Science and the History of Science, Social Science, Medicine, the Arts, Religion, and various Area Studies (Native Americans, Afro-Americans, Women's Studies), etc. An extensive Reference section includes more than 2000 Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri, Glossaries, Bibliographies, Timelines, Chronologies, Literary Histories, and includes, as well, a section on Writing & Style Guides that would be hard to surpass anywhere. Library subscribers to NetLibrary will find most of those eBooks indexed as well. More than 25,000 titles from public archivesall indexed hereare available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.