American Independence: Digital Collections And Selected Websites

The Core Documents of American History
  • America's Historical Documents Digital images of the original American historical documents
  • Historic Documents
  • Core Documents of our Democracy
  • Our Documents A cooperative of National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and USA Freedom Not only view, but learn about the major publications that formed the democracy.
  • Primary Documents in American History From the Library of Congress, not only links to the documents, but also webpages of bibliographies of digital resources on each document. For example, on the Declaration of Independence there are links to papers of the Founders, issues of Journal of the Continental Congress, an exhibit, webcasts, and resources for children.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

American History at the National Archives
The National Archives has put together a web page of significant digital collections on America's history.

Archiving Early America
This site has wealth of articles, images and rare archival material to help understand this country's formative years. It has free access to our extensive body of information including primary source material that defined a significant time in America's history. This is not a typical boring list of websites. Instead, it offers categories that include music, videos, quizzes, documents, teaching materials, and more.

Chronicling America. Historic American Newspapers
Search America's historic newspapers pages from - or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. A collection of digital images of newspapers throughout history. Research Libraries around the country are contributing to make this a national resource.

US Newspaper Directory 1690 --
Search this database by state and county (city) to find out the titles of newspapers that have been published for that area. Then find what libraries hold that title.

Civil War in the American South
Civil War in the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). This site currently links to more than 10,000 items from 30 libraries. The shared collection continues to grow, providing ready access to a world-class collection of primary source materials from the American Civil War era.

South Carolina History Sites

South Carolina From History of the USA, includes footnotes converted from Henry William Elson's History of the United States of America The MacMillan Company, New York, 1904.

Historic Newspapers of South Carolina Provides free online access to historic local and regional newspapers originating throughout South Carolina since the 1700s.

StudySC--History before 1865 StudySC is a South Carolina State Library website joining Internet resources and public school curriculum standards and topics. The page describes many links to resources for students and teachers.

Historic Parks
National Parks

National Park Service. Independence Hall Where it all began!

National Park Service. American Revolution Really nice website with a timeline, facts and history, links to other sites, and a separate webpage to locate national and state parks on the war.

Valley Forge National Battle Site

In South Carolina
Special Interest

South Carolina Digitization Program Webinar "The Power of Digitization"
The Power of Digitization: The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program This is a previously recorded webinar open to everyone. It illustrates the power of digitization through a close look at South Carolina's Digital Newspaper Program. Hosted by the South Carolina State Library, the webinar gives an overview of the project and provides a live demonstration of Chronicling America. Recorded on Friday, March 30, 2012. Duration: 01:03:00.

Teaching American history in South Carolina
Part of a nationwide Teaching American History federal grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement, Education Academic Improvement and Demonstration Programs Award. The main goal of the project is to help teachers develop innovative teaching techniques through the use of local primary sources and to connect national history to local and regional events, people, and places.

Teaching with Documents
This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.

Discus databases for American History, History Reference Center
History Reference Center provides virtually all the information you will need to effectively conduct historical research and write research papers. Even has a guide with steps to follow.

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