Library of Congress
Contemporary United States (1968 - Present)
- America at a Crossroads — PBS explores the role of the United States in the world, with a series of interactive timelines, video diaries from people affected by recent events, and a discussion guide.
- American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century — Kingwood College Library offers this entertaining site, which includes a page of information about art and architecture, literature, education, fads, and personalities of each decade in the century.
- American President: An Online Reference Resource — The Miller Center at the University of Virginia presents detailed information on all the presidents of the era, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.
- America Votes 2004 — CNN’s coverage of the 2004 election is archived here.
- America’s War Against Terrorism — The University of Michigan provides a huge set of links on the September 11, 2001, attacks and the U.S. response.
- Camp David’s Legacy — An essay on the Camp David Accords.
- The Clinton Years — ABC and PBS produced this 2001 look at the Clinton administration.
- Commission on Presidential Debates — Transcripts of the presidential debates from 1960-2004, plus additional information on the more recent debates.
- Documents from the Women’s Liberation Movement — Duke University presents this collection, which contains a wide array of materials on the women's movement that originated in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
- Echoes of 1968 — This site collects stories that NPR has aired throughout 2008 about the tumultuous year.
- Election Collection 2000 — An archive of digital information on the 2000 presidential election. Commissioned by the Library of Congress.
- Election 2000 — NPR’s coverage of the controversial presidential election.
- Explorations in Black Leadership — The Institute for Public History at the University of Virginia provides videotaped interviews with more than 30 important black Americans. Learning activities about leadership and the civil rights movement are also provided.
- The Gulf War — Oral history interviews, a report on Gulf War Syndrome, journalists' comments, a timeline, and more. Based on the PBS Frontline series.
- History: United Farm Workers — A history of the effort to unionize farm workers. From the United Farm Workers.
- Hurricane Digital Memory Bank — The University of New Orleans and Center for New Media at George Mason University, along with other partners, are creating this archive about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The archive includes numerous photo collections of the storm’s effects, newspaper coverage from the Beaumont (TX) Enterprise, and recollections of people who experienced the storms.
- Jimmy Carter Library — A biography of the former president, background information and documents on key events of his presidency (e.g., the Iran hostage crisis, the Camp David Accords), and a lesson plan on the Panama Canal Treaties are among the resources at this site.
- Legal Information Institute — Information about the Supreme Court and its decisions. Cases included date from 1990.
- Media History Timeline — A year-by-year chronology of events in the media, which highlights changes in technology and pop culture. From the University of Minnesota.
- My Piece of History — An interesting lesson in which students learn to gather and analyze historical data by looking at artifacts from the recent past—found in their own homes!
- 9-11 Commission Report — The complete report of the bipartisan commission that investigated the events surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
- No Place for a Woman — American RadioWorks presents an hour-long documentary about women breaking into previously male-dominated occupations in the 1970s, specifically in the iron mines of northern Minnesota. Various supplementary materials are also provided.
- Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia — Information on selected Supreme Court cases from the past 35 years, plus digitized recordings of the Court's proceedings.
- Petroleum Chronology of Events, 1970-2000 — The U.S. Department of Energy looks at events related to production and use of petroleum products over the last 30 years of the 20th century.
- Powering a Generation of Change — This site from the Smithsonian documents the restructuring of the power industry in the last quarter of the 20th century, including information on the energy crises of the 1970s and deregulation.
- Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century — This site from the University of Texas provides an interactive timeline plus descriptions of significant events in each president’s term of office.
- Reagan — This site accompanies an American Experience episode on Ronald Reagan; it includes a timeline, gallery, teacher’s guide, and more.
- The Reagan Years — CNN looks at President Reagan’s political rise and his years in the White House. Features interviews with top aides.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Investigate the history of rock and roll through exhibits on such influential musicians as John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.
- Sonic Memorial Project — An audio archive of the World Trade Center’s history, up to and including its destruction on September 11. Lesson plans help students consider such issues as how memory and history are related, the changing meaning of memorials, how personal values influence the ways in which individuals view historic events. From the producers of NPR’s Lost and Found Sound series.
- The Ten O’Clock News — News clips dating from 1974 to 1991, focusing on news related to Boston’s African-American community.
- Terrorism in Historical Perspective — The Digital History website presents this background essay to provide historical context for considering terrorism in the contemporary world.
- Thurgood Marshall Law Library: Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights — Primary source materials on the work of this federal commission.
- The U.S. Bureau of the Census — Data from recent censuses of population, housing, and the U.S. economy.
- Washington Post Archives: Clinton Accused — An archive of the Post's coverage of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment and subsequent acquittal.
- Watergate — Background information and primary sources. Maintained by Australian educator Malcolm Farnsworth.
- William J. Clinton Presidential Library — The most recent addition to the presidential libraries provides information and documents from the Clinton presidency.
- Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers — Notes, memos, and drafts from the files of the two reporters who investigated Watergate for the Washington Post.
- WTO Seattle Collection — Documents about the 1999 protests of the World Trade Organization conference in Seattle.