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  • Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History Through Family Papers — The libraries at Smith College use the papers of four white middle-class families to explore such topics as courtship, child-rearing, philanthropy, barriers to women in the workplace, and more.
  • Alcohol, Temperance, and Prohibition — The library at Brown University presents 1500 documents related to the history of the temperance movement in the United States.
  • American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century — Web guides for each decade from the Kingwood College Library. A companion site focuses on cultural history in the nineteenth century.
  • American National Holidays — This special issue of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s journal History Now provides essays and lessons on several national holidays (Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther King’s birthday).
  • American Religious Experience — University of West Virginia project devoted to scholarship about American religious history.
  • American Social and Cultural History — From the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, the site provides information about a variety of historical topics.
  • American Social History Project — Seeks to revitalize interest in history by challenging the traditional ways that people learn about the past. From the City University of New York.
  • America’s Quilting History — Numerous articles on the history of this folk art, plus resource lists, including a list of children’s books about quilts.
  • Back Story — Back Story is a radio program featuring three historians—Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh—who discuss current issues from a historical perspective. Among the topics covered are the history of leisure, debt in America, the invention of family values, and the history of punishment.
  • Books that Changed History — This special issue of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s journal History Now looks at the influence of literary works - The Scarlet Letter, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and The Jungle to name three - on U.S. history.
  • Child Labor in U.S. History — Part of a larger site on child labor from the University of Iowa, this page presents an overview of the practice in American history.
  • The Circus in America: 1793-1940 — Primary source materials tell the story of one of the first forms of mass entertainment—the circus. The site from the University of Virginia also provides essays, a timeline, and video clips.
  • Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers — Sponsored by the Illinois Labor Society, this site offers information and lessons that U.S. history teachers can use to incorporate social and labor history into their courses.
  • Digital History — This outstanding site from the Gilder Lehrman Institute and University of Houston provides essays on topics related to social history, as well as ideas for helping young people explore history through investigating such topics as fashion, food, childhood, film, and advertising.
  • Digital and Multimedia Center — Online collections of documents related to a variety of social history topics, including American radicalism, popular culture, and cooking. From Michigan State University.
  • Disability History Museum — Provides access to more than 700 documents and more than 900 visuals relating to the history of people with disabilities.
  • Disability Social History Project — History of disabled people, their contributions and struggle for civil rights. Includes media images and the social/political events that have affected and been affected by people with disabilities.
  • Dressed to the Nines: A History of the Baseball Uniform — The Baseball Hall of Fame provides this fun site, which demonstrates how a topic such as baseball uniforms is interconnected to such larger events as technological developments (invention of the sewing machine) and terrorism (attacks of 9/11).
  • Ellis Island — An expandable and annotated timeline of the “Peopling of America,” plus the stories of people who have investigated how their families came to America.
  • Everyday Life in a New England Town — An upper elementary curriculum using primary and secondary sources to study social history. Part of a useful site called American Centuries…View from New England.
  • — This site provides access to documentary films about American folk culture, as well as essays and transcripts.
  • Food Timeline — A timeline of food history with numerous links to sites providing additional historical information about food and cooking. Maintained by librarian Lynne Oliver.
  • History of Toys and Games — The History Channel provides a timeline of the history of toys and games, a quiz, and lots of information written for young people.
  • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 — Harvard University’s library provides documents and photographs relating to immigration.
  • Key Ingredients: America by Food — The Smithsonian presents a detailed analysis of American food throughout history, along with a teacher’s guide to the exhibit.
  • LA 84 Digital Archive — This archive allows users to search several journals and collections on the history of sports.
  • Making of America — Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. From the University of Michigan.
  • Media History Timeline — The University of Minnesota Media History Project provides this detailed chronology.
  • The Mormons — The PBS series Frontline featured the history of the Mormon church, providing perspectives of those in the faith as well as historians and scholars.
  • Nineteenth-Century Schoolbooks — The full texts of 140 schoolbooks published in the 19th century can be used to explore the history of education and the values transmitted to young people. From the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Not by Bread Alone: America’s Culinary Heritage — This site from Cornell University covers topics from early cookbooks to corpulence and leanness and the influence of French cooking on American tastes.
  • Picturing Childhood — UCLA presents this illustrated history of children’s literature from 1550 to 1990.
  • The Reconstruction Amendments: Official Documents as Social History — Noted historian Eric Foner provides an interesting view of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. From the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s online journal History Now.
  • School: The Story of American Public Education — A PBS site with biographies of educational innovators, information about school equipment of the past, photographs of historic schools, and more.
  • StoryCorps — StoryCorps is gathering stories from thousands of Americans and making selected stories available on their web site.
  • United States Early Radio History — Collection of articles on the first 30 years of radio in the United States.