Library of Congress
The New Nation (1780 - 1815)
- Adams Papers — The Massachusetts Historical Society presents a small number of the 250,000 manuscript pages in the Adams papers, plus biographical sketches, Adams quotes, a genealogy, and links.
- Africans in America: Brotherly Love, 1791-1831 — An illustrated narrative about the period, a resource bank containing biographies, primary sources, commentary from modern historians, and a teacher's guide. The companion to the PBS series.
- Alexander Hamilton — This site supports an episode of the PBS program American Experience focused on the influential New Yorker. Background, a timeline, and suggested activities are provided.
- American Centuries . . .View from New England — Explore the history of family life, Native Americans, African Americans, and the land through exhibits and lessons provided by the Memorial Hall Museum.
- American President: John Adams — The Miller Center at the University of Virginia provides biographical information, essays, and texts of select speeches made by Adams. Also available are information on Presidents Washington and Jefferson.
- Bill of Rights Institute — This nonprofit organization provides a variety of learning resources on the Bill of Rights.
- Bill of Rights: Its History and Significance — A succinct history of the Bill of Rights, with a copy of the original listing of amendments sent to the states for ratification.
- Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791 — An exhibition on the challenges faced by the first Congress convened under the new U.S. Constitution. From the First Federal Congress Project at George Washington University.
- Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life — The American Antiquarian Society and the Gilder Lehrman Institute have designed the quarterly Common-place to be scholarly but friendly. A special issue focused on “early Cities of the Americas.”
- The Constitution — A special issue of the journal History Now (from the Gilder Lehrman Institute) on the Constitution, with articles on James Madison, the phrase “We the People,” George Washington, race and the Constitution, and the Anti-federalists.
- Constitutional Convention — A detailed and interesting look at the Constitutional Convention from the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.
- Discovering Lewis and Clark — Extensive information about the expedition, prepared by historian Harry Fritz of the University of Montana and enhanced with quotations from the journals and numerous maps.
- Early American Paintings — The Worcester Art Museum presents reproductions and detailed discussions of 53 early American paintings, biographies of 20 painters, and a timeline that juxtaposes paintings with political events of the time.
- Federalist Papers — The Library of Congress presents the full text of the Federalist Papers, written to persuade the public to support ratification of the Constitution.
- George Washington: A National Treasure — A timeline of primary sources, a teacher’s guide, fun activities for kids, and more from the Smithsonian.
- Historical Maps Online: Northwestern Territories — The University of Illinois presents 11 historic maps of the Northwest Territories.
- Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online — Text of the journals, plus essays and commentary. From the University of Nebraska.
- Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence — This site from the Smithsonian examines the relationship between the two nations, beginning in 1763 and continuing to 1848.
- Lewis and Clark — National Geographic provides maps, journal excerpts, photographs, and records of discoveries on Lewis and Clark's journey.
- Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery — Background information and a complete interdisciplinary unit, supporting the PBS series by Ken Burns.
- Lewis and Clark: The Maps of Exploration — Maps from the Lewis and Clark expedition. At the University of Virginia.
- Marbury v. Madison — Excellent teaching and learning materials on what might be considered the first landmark Supreme Court case. From Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
- The Marshall Court, 1801-1835 — The Supreme Court Historical Society provides an overview of Chief Justice Marshall's tenure, which established many important precedents as to how the Court would operate.
- Military Resources: War of 1812 — The National Archives link to numerous primary sources on the War of 1812.
- Monticello — Detailed information about the third president’s life, from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.
- National Constitution Center — An “interactive Constitution” and a constitutional timeline are among the resources at this site.
- A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825 — Tufts University and the American Antiquarian Society presents data from the 25 states that existed by 1823.
- The Northwest Ordinance — The Indiana Historical Bureau presents a lesson on the Northwest Ordinance, along with access to the text of that seminal piece of legislation.
- “O Say Can You See?” — Background, primary sources, and activities about the writing of the poem that would become the national anthem.
- The Papers of James Madison — Selected primary sources by Madison, a biography, and an interesting illustrated essay on editing historical sources for publication. Maintained by the University of Virginia.
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic — This Library of Congress permanent exhibit looks at the Framers’ views of religion and how they were reflected in the founding documents.
- Teaching with Documents: Observing Constitution Day — Lesson plans, primary source documents, and background information for teaching about the Constitution, its framing, and ratification. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
- Thomas Jefferson Online — Teaching materials, source documents, photo essays interpreting the phrase “pursuit of happiness,” and transcripts of interviews Ken Burns conducted in creating his documentary on Jefferson.
- Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive — Provides access to more than 1,700 documents written by or to Jefferson, the full text of an 1834 biography of Jefferson, quotes from Jefferson, and other resources. From the University of Virginia.
- War of 1812 — Articles, book reviews, sound clips of fife and drum music, and links. Maintained by the Discriminating General, a company that produces historic miniatures.
- Washington Monument: Tribute in Stone — This lesson plan helps students explore the leadership qualities of George Washington.
- We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution — We the People is a national constitutional study program and competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Sample lessons are available on the website, along with background on the program.