Library of Congress
Emergence of Modern America (1890 - 1930)
- Alcohol, Temperance, and Prohibition — Brown University presents sheet music, pamphlets, and other documents related to the temperance and prohibition movements.
- 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 Benjamin Harrison to Herbert Hoover.
- Clash of Cultures in the 1910s and 1920s — The History Department at Ohio State University examines the clash of cultures in early 20th–century America by focusing on the Scopes Trial, the “New Woman,” Prohibition, and the Ku Klux Klan's opposition to immigration.
- Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War — PBS provides an annotated timeline, a newspaper headline gallery, sheet music from the period, and more.
- Defining US: Emergence of Modern America Lesson Plans — Fourteen lesson plans on the era from a Teaching American History project at George Mason University.
- Drop Me Off in Harlem: Exploring the Intersections — A multimedia introduction to the Harlem Renaissance, from the Kennedy Center.
- Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home — Bartleby presents this 1922 book by Emily Post, which provides insight into the norms of refined society in the 1920s.
- Famous Trials in American History: Tennessee v. John Scopes — A comprehensive site on the famous “monkey trial” of 1925. From the University of Missouri School of Law.
- Farming in the 1920s — The Wessels Living History Farm provides a detailed introduction to agriculture in the 1920s, complete with video interviews of farmers from the era.
- First World War.Com — An extensive site with articles on topics ranging from use of observation balloons to a German mutiny. Also includes many primary sources.
- The Great Migration — Columbia University reproduces Jacob Lawrence’s series of paintings representing the migration of African Americans from South to North between 1916 and 1919.
- The Great War 1914-1918 — This site from Emory University’s library features two unusual sources from World War I—poetry and postcards.
- Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century — Another excellent website from PBS, with maps, a timeline, historians’ commentary, and a section on the shaping of the 21st century.
- Guided Readings: The Progressive Era — A series of brief essays on the Progressive Era, from Digital History.
- History Now: Women’s Suffrage — Articles and lesson plans on the battle to win votes for women.
- Hoover Online! Digital Archives — Designed for high school students by the Hoover Library and Museum, the database provides access to primary sources on Herbert Hoover, both before he became president (e.g., providing relief in Belgium following World War I) and during his presidency.
- Ida Tarbell Home Page — Primary source documents and background information on the pioneering journalist. Maintained by Helen McCullough at Allegheny College.
- Influenza 1918 — PBS provides a teacher's guide, background information, a timeline, maps, and city “snapshots” to accompany the American Experience episode on the worst epidemic in U.S. history.
- Jane Addams Hull-House Museum — Information about Jane Addams and her work at Hull House and selected primary source documents.
- Ku Klux Klan Collection — Primary source documents from a Klan member’s estate provide insights into the organization during the early part of the 20th century, when it experienced considerable growth. From The Michigan State University Library’s American Radicalism Collection.
- Lions Led by Donkeys — This site from the University of Birmingham’s Centre for First World War Studies presents biographies of lesser known British military leaders. A variety of other resources are also provided.
- Lower East Side Tenement Museum — A fascinating look at the people who lived in a New York tenement from 1870-1915 and the recent excavation of the house. An essay on life on the lower east side is also provided. From the Museum and WNET.
- Lynching in America: Carnival of Death — TruTV (formerly Court TV) presents a lengthy article describing lynching in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and characterizing it as “the most extensive series of unsolved murders in American history.”
- Native Words, Native Warriors — A multimedia presentation on the Native American “code talkers” in World Wars I and II. From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
- 1912: Competing Visions for America — A student-friendly explication of the issues and candidates in the hotly contested presidential election of 1912. From Ohio State University.
- Red Scare (1918-1921) — A database of images (cartoons, photographs, and advertisements) from the period immediately after World War I. Compiled by Leo Robert Klein at the Baruch Library, CUNY.
- Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance — Essays, images, and a chronology of the flowering of African American culture that occurred in the early decades of the 20th century.
- Teaching American History Document Library: Progressive Era — A selection of primary sources representing Theodore Roosevelt, W.E.B. DuBois, William Jennings Bryan, and others.
- Temperance and Prohibition — An overview of these twin issues in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From Ohio State University.
- The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti — Court TV provides detailed information about the 1921 trial of Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Letters from the defendants and interviews with historians and people involved in the case are included.
- The Suffragists: From Tea-Parties to Prison — Oral histories with 12 leaders and participants in the women’s suffrage movement.
- Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era — This issue of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s journal History Now provides “new insights into the man, his philosophy, and his political achievements.”
- Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America — This site presents a remarkable and disturbing collection of photographs of lynchings taken as “souvenirs” of these events.
- Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment — Documents, teaching suggestions, the script for a radio play, and links on the effort to obtain the vote for women. From the National Archives.
- Women at the Turn of the Century (1900-1920) — The Education Development Center presents a lesson in which students analyze various types of documents, including advertising, about women’s lives in the 1900-1920 period.
- Woodrow Wilson — This PBS site in support of the American Experience film on Wilson provides lesson plans, essays, and other resources for the study of President Wilson.
- World War One — The BBC provides stories of British citizens’ experiences of the war, plus student activities.
- World War I Document Archive — More than 200 historical documents, organized by year, with links to other resources. Maintained at Brigham Young University.