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What kind of information materials are available?
CD: Texts available on CD version.Texts available in multiple languages.

· A Biography of America (Annenberg/CPS)
· A Portrait of the USA
· American Memory (Library of Congress)
· An Outline of American History
· An Outline of American Literature
· An Outline of U.S. Government
· Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy
· History
· US-Geschichte Up to 1864 | 1865 - 1929 | 1929 - 1990s
· US History in Brief (IIP)
· Zahlen & Fakten US Geschichte

Original Documents
· Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents (University of Oklahoma)
· Famous Speeches
· Fundamental Documents
· Historical Maps of the United States (University of Texas at Austin)
· Historical Voices (U. of Michigan)
Making of America (MOA)
· Presidential Speech Archive (University of Virginia)


American Flag & Book
American Memory - historical collections
from the Library of Congress

History does not exist for us until and unless we dig it up, interpret it, and put it together. Then the past comes alive, or, more accurately, it is revealed for what it has always been - a part of the present.
Frederick W. Turner III, 1971

History is the study of the human past. Historians study records of conditions or events of a particular time and place. The United States of America is at once a very new nation and a very old nation. The first settlers - Asian hunters and nomads - reached North America about 30,000 years ago. However, the United States of America did not come into being until 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. The history of the United States is the story of many different peoples who together compose the United States of America. Since the first Europeans arrived in 1492, millions of people from many different countries have entered the United States and made the country their new home.

See also:
About the USA > U.S. Government


Exhibits - Digital Images
· A Few of Our Favorite Things: Virtual Tour of Selected Objects from the Collections of the National Museum of American History
· American Centuries - Views from New England (Memorial Hall Museum - Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association)
· Harpers' Week: Explore History
· National Archives Online Exhibit Hall
· National Museum of American History
· National Park Service's Links to the Past
· Within These Walls: 1 House, 5 Families, 200 Years of History (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

· Historical U.S. Census Data Browser (University of Virginia Geospatial and Statistical Data Center)

For High School Students
· Educate Smithsonian - History and Culture (Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies)
· Jump Back in Time (Library of Congress)
· Kid American History
· United States History Map (Interactives)
Year by Year 1900 - 2008 (Learning Network - Information Please)


Teacher Resources
· Lesson Plans Library: U.S. History
· Guide to education-related sites on the Web: History
· Federal Resource for Educational Excellence: History (Dept. of Education)
Freedom: A History of US (PBS)
· History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web (City University of New York)
· History Online (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)
· National Archives Digital Classroom 
· National Archives Presidential Libraries
· State Digitial Resources: Memory Projects, Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections (LoC)
· Teaching with Historic Places (National Park Service)
· USA: Geschichte, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft (Informationen zur Politischen Bildung) Deutsch

Link Lists
· American Studies Web: History and Historical Culture Studies (Georgetown University)
American Women's History: Research Guide (University of Middle Tennessee)
Best of History Websites: U.S. History
Edsitement: Top Humanities Websites

· Rutgers University Library: Subject Research Guides: American and British History
· Virtual Library History: United States

· Yahoo Directory of U.S. History Sites

Texts are abridged from U.S. State Department IIP publications and other U.S. government materials.
What kind of information materials are available?
These documents are available in fulltext format on the About the USA CD-ROM. Teachers: Request a copy for classroom use.
Selected documents are available in German as well as other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Persian and Turkish.
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