Social Studies

Web Resources for Social Studies Classes

General Social Studies

Backdate the 60s and 70s

Collection of links for the music, culture, history, cinema, and people of the 60s and 70s

The Cagle Post

Political cartoon index updated daily.  Searchable archives are also available.

Census Scope

Census data, charts, maps, and rankings from 1980-2010.

David Rumsey Map Collection

Overlay historical maps on a Google Earth map to compare and contrast geography and cartography.

Eyewitness to History

Primary source materials in all formats from the Ancient World to the present.

Famous Trials

Primary source material (audio visual with text) from a wide variety of trials from Socrates through 9/11.

Fascinating World Tombs

Interesting look at burial rites and rituals across different cultures.

Flack Check

Teach students how to recognize flaws in general arguments and political advertisements.

Flags of the World

Hover over the map to see the country’s flag and learn its symbolism.

Free Documentaries

Hundreds of free, full length documentaries covering a wide variety of topics in the Social Sciences.


Use Google Maps and knowledge of geography and culture to guess where you are in the world in this fun interactive game.

Grocery List Collection

Reproduces found grocery lists in their original forms.  Study not only the content of the lists to see diet and food choice, but also the materials people use to write their lists.  Interesting sociological case study.

Historical Information Resources

Close to a hundred links to a wealth of history resources covering all areas and all time periods.

Historical “Photoshopping”

How photographs have been altered throughout history.

History Net

World and US History online: Many resources and images from print resources.

Library of Congress Map Collection

Hundreds of digital maps from across American history.

The Map as History

Using online, interactive maps for a better understanding of historical events.

National Geographic Education Guide

Lesson plans and interactive activities using the classic publication.


Museum of all things news. Use the Exhibit & Theater tab for access to virtual exhibits.


See the blast radius for historic nuclear devices superimposed over our location – or any location on the map.

Obsolete Skills

Collection of skills that have been rendered obsolete by modern technology.

Online Maps

Hundreds of maps from around the world dating from the Ancient World through the 21st century.

Research Resources for Social Studies

Collection of links to sites and resources for various aspects of history and the social studies.


“The most interesting things that came out of the last decades, especially the 50s, 60s, and 70s”

Show Maps

“A New Way to Look at the World” – Interactive maps showing some strange and unusual population statistics.

U.S. State Department List of Embassies

Access to almost all of the foreign embassies in the United States.

Vintage Christmas Catalogs

From 1933-1988 these are the special edition Christmas catalogs (Mostly from Sears and JC Penny) that thousands of kids would thumb through each year.  Makes an interesting historical/sociological study.


Ancient History

Acropolis 360

Virtual tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens as it appears today and to the ancients.

Ancient Civilizations

From the British Museum, the site is arranged thematically.  Choose your theme and investigate several ancient civilizations through this interactive multimedia presentation.

Ancient Greek Music

Learn how it was made and listen to computer generated renditions of reconstructed melodies

Bible Places

Photographs and descriptions of sites in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece with an emphasis on biblical archaeology, geography, and history.

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Learn about the history of the scrolls, their discovery, and significance as well as view digital reconstructions of the original documents.

The Indus Civilization

1,200 illustrated pages by leading scholars of the ancient civilization from  around the world

The Origin of Writing

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, trace the history of writing in Mesopotamia.


From the American Museum of Natural History this online reference walks students through the retired exhibit, showcasing the architecture and people of the ancient Jordanian city.

The Roman Empire in the First Century

Companion to the PBS series, contains a great deal of lessons, multimedia content and interactives for learning about Ancient Rome.

Rome Reborn

Computer generated models and video of ancient Rome.

THEOI Project

Site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art.

Virtual Egypt

Plethora of multimedia and virtual activities covering all aspects of life in Ancient Egypt.


General US History

270 to Win

Presidential election interactive map and the history of the electoral college.  Already set to tally votes for 2016.

African American History

From the University of Washington Libraries – a research guide to primary and secondary sources for African American history.


Primary sources and multimedia brings the history of Alcatraz prison alive.

American Rhetoric

Online databank of speeches from throughout history (fictional and real).  Some are text only, but most have audio and/or video.

America Votes

Presidential campaign memorabilia from Duke University’s Special Collections Library – Includes materials from 1796 – 2000.

Authentic History Center

Endeavors to tell the story of the United States through popular culture.  Covers the 1600s through today.

A Biography of America

Companion site to the PBS series of the same name.  Includes a wealth of information, multimedia, and interactives broken down by time period.

Research the full text of House and Senate bills, the Congressional Record, and much more.

Congress Link

Resource for teachers providing information about the US Congress.  Includes interactive activities, lesson plans, webquests, and information on participating in government.

C-SPAN in the Classroom

Hundreds of videos and activities for teaching American politics and writing. Sign up for a free teacher account for access to bell ringer activities and lesson plans.

Digital History

“Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research.”  Multimedia links and reference for primary and secondary sources in US history.


Use the resources of the National Archives to teach students history with primary sources.  Includes ready-made lesson plans and activities as well.

The FBI Vault

All of the Freedom of Information Act requested records for historical figures and causes in digital format.

Gilder Lehman Institute of American History

Excellent collection of primary sources, lesson plans, and more.

Harper’s Weekly

Explore history through this historical publication.  Many interactive lessons and activities available that cover the time period between 1857 and 1912.

History Wired

Interactive exhibit of artifacts from the Smithsonian Museum of American History (requires Java)

Immigration to the United States 1789-1930

From Harvard University, an extensive collection documenting immigration and emigration in the United States. A wealth of primary documents and photographs.

Kids at the National Museum of American History

Collection of interactive exhibits and activities centered around the holdings of the museum.

Landmark Cases of the Supreme Court

Detailed information, resources, and activities to teach about a number of important Supreme Court rulings.

Library of Congress Classroom Materials

Indexed and maintained by the LOC, these are resources for primary sources, classroom activities (with standards), lesson plans, and materials for instruction.

National Archives Online Exhibits

Explore the holdings of the National Archives in Washington through several interactive online exhibits.

National Atlas

Current and historical maps of the United States.  Also has an interactive “Map Maker” feature.

National Jukebox

Recordings from the Library of Congress – listen to thousands of audio files cataloged and preserved by the Library.

National Museum of the American Indian

Educator resources including interactive activities, lesson plans, and other resources for teaching Native American culture.

National Park Service Teacher Resources

Information on field trips and curriculum materials for teaching with Park Service resources.

Native American Immigration

Watch the shift in and decrease of population centers throughout American history.

Picture History

Online resource for historical photos.  Free registration allows you to download high resolution, watermarked images for use.

Price of Freedom: Americans at War

Interactives, multimedia, and documents teach about war in every era of American history.  Includes lesson plans and further teaching ideas.

Secret in the Cellar: An online forensic mystery about colonial America

Online sleuths can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death.

Sounds of CCentury

A collection of historical or significant Creative Commons or No Rights Reserved tracks

Tax History Museum

Learn about the history of taxes and taxation in the United States from the original colonies and settlements through today.

US Presidential Historic Sites

Complied by the Smithsonian, this is a list of recognized presidential sites arranged by administration in chronological order.

Women of Our Time

National Portrait Gallery exhibit of 20th century women.


US History to 1877

Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Many teacher and student resources created by a veteran teacher.

The American Civil War

Hundreds of links to almost every aspect of the war and life in the 1860s.

Civil War Archive

Thousands of primary source documents and information on all aspects of the American Civil War.

Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints

From the Library of Congress, thousands of glass negatives and prints from Civil War photographers available digitally.

Civil War Interactive

Blogs, Discussion Boards, Articles, Biographies, Cookbooks, and more.

Civil War Photos

“Over 1,000 Civil War Images… including Army Life, United States and Confederate Government Officers, Union and Confederate Generals and Soldiers, Civilians, Battle Field Photos, Casualties, Infantry Units, Cavalry, Units, Artillery Units, Engineering Units, Navy Units and Vessels, Prisoners, Hospitals and Doctors, Factories, Quartermaster, Lincoln Assassination Conspirators and much more.”

Colonial Williamsburg

Many resources, multimedia presentations, and interactive activities not only on the city, but colonial life in general.

The First American West: the Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820

From the Library of Congress, this exhibit consists of 15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.

George Washington: A National Treasure

Interactives about George Washington based on the Gilbert Stuart painting

In Katrina’s Wake

Photos documenting the losses suffered in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

Inside the Corps

Interactive multimedia journey with the Lewis and Clark Expedition from PBS.

The Iron Road

Companion to the PBS program about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.  Includes teacher’s guide with discussion points and activities.

Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: Lincoln’s Telegraph Messages in the Civil War

Multimedia and primary source documents explaining how Lincoln used the new communication system of the telegraph to help win the Civil War.

The Oregon Trail

Collection of resources and primary materials.

Our American Revolution

Lots of multimedia and primary sources for teaching the American Revolution.

Papers of Thomas Jefferson

Over thirty volumes of the works and writings of Thomas Jefferson made available digitally.

Photography and the Civil War

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, examine the role of the new technology of photography in the American Civil War.

Plimouth Plantation Interactive Multimedia Library

Virtual tours, podcasts and music, collections, games and much more for learning about the Pilgrims and the Plimouth Plantation Colony.

Popular Songs in American History

Tunes and lyrics from popular songs from the 17th through early 20th centuries. (Requires Quicktime)

Salem Witch Trials Document Archives

LOTS of primary source documents for not only the Salem Witch Trials, but also early colonial life.

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Provides primary source documents on a variety of slave and slavery related topics, including ship manifests and details of the trade between Africa and North American and the Caribbean.

Underground Railroad Virtual Tour Itinerary

Maps and lists of sites associated with the Underground Railroad for use as a virtual field trip or for general research.

Virtual Jamestown Archive

Interactive tours and maps with primary source documents of the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Whole Cloth

Learn about science, technology, and early American Industry in this interactive, interdisciplinary curriculum from the Smithsonian.


US History 1877-Present

Alcatraz Island

Golden Gate Recreation Area – Virtual tours with video and audio enhancements.

America in the 1930s

Examine life in the USA in the 1930s through all the media of the day.

American Museum of Natural History Photo Collection

From the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, see online exhibits and educational materials covering the 1910s through 1950s.

Child Labor in America

Collection of photographs from the History Place showing the life of child laborers from 1908-1912.

Esperanto as a Second Language

Learn about the fictitious language created by the army in the 1950s and 1960s to train troops in war game exercises.

FDR Cartoon Collection Database

Collection of political cartoons from the Great Depression through the New Deal and WWII.  Archives and teacher resources available.

Frontier Life in the West

Series of photographs chronicling frontier life from approximately 1887-1892.

Gang Rule

Photographs, documents, and multimedia examining the emergence of the Mafia in NYC from 1900-1920.

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

From the National Archives: use primary source documents to learn about one of the deadliest disease outbreaks in US history.

Lawrence and Houseworth Albums

Database of historical photos of California and Nevada during the 1860s.

Living Room Candidate

View campaign commercials from the 1952 through 2012 Presidential elections.

Picturing the Century

Online exhibit chronicling the 20th century through the work of famous photographers

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Interactive map of the attack on Pearl Harbor from National Geographic.

The Roaring Twenties

 Links to hundreds of articles, images, and multimedia clips about all aspects of life in America form 1920-1930.

Slavery By Another Name

Companion to the PBS film available online.  Examines the rise of labor

Very Early Recorded Sound

Collection of some of the oldest recorded sounds for the phonograph, from the Edison National Historic Site.

The Vietnam War

Virtual, multimedia tour of all aspects of the Vietnam War, both in the United States and “in country”

The Wild West

Lots of links to history, games, puzzles, and more about the American West.


World History

BBC History

Excellent resources on WWI, Ancient, and British history.  Also includes resources just for younger students.

The End of Europe’s Middle Ages

Interactive tutorial teaching the final centuries of the Middle Ages.

European History Guide

This guide provides links to the most useful databases and electronic and print resources for researching the history of Europe.

Holocaust Timeline

From The History Place, this timeline covers Holocaust history from 1933 – 1961 and includes many links for further exploration.

Inside WWII

Interactive lessons and activities from the History Channel covering both the European and Pacific Theaters.

International World History Project

World History From The Pre-Sumerian Period To The Present (A Collection Of World History Related Essays, Documents, Maps and Music)

The Labyrinth

Resources for studying Medieval Europe

Maps of War

Interactive maps from throughout history that trace not only wars, but also such things as the spread of democracy, and the history of religion.

Medieval Sourcebook

Countless resources for teaching this time period.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey – 1674-1913

The history of crime and punishment in London; a great source for teaching crime and law. Also fully searchable.

Remember September ‘44

Interactive history of WWII’s September, 1944 Operation Market Garden.

Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Very extensive pathfinder for multiple resources in all media to use in teaching about the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity.

Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga

From the Smithsonian, an interactive exhibit of Viking history and culture.

Wars of the Roses

Detailed histories, timelines, and biographies about the English civil Wars from 1455-1487.

World Press

World news directly from the newspapers of the world.

World War I Color Photos

Collection of rare, color photos from the trenches of World War I

World War II in Color

User added photos from World War II.  Most (but not all) are in color.



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