Social Studies Resources
Primary and Secondary Sources
Docsteach- is an interactive website developed by the National Archives which includes thousands of primary sources. The site features seven tools designed to teach specific historical thinking skills—weighing evidence, interpreting data, focusing on details, and more. Each employs interactive components including puzzles, scales, maps, flow charts, and others that teachers and students can tailor to their needs.
Library of Congress - offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.
New Jersey Historical Commission - provides short videos clips about important people, places, and events that are integral to New Jersey's history. In addition, the Educational Resources section offers topical frameworks to support the instruction of New Jersey History at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition to background information and ideas for classroom instruction, there are related primary and secondary source materials and links included in the document.
Smithsonian Source - is a resource for teaching American history in grades 5 through 12. It includes the following: Images of artifacts and documents organized by historical theme, videos designed to introduce students of all ages to artifact analysis, document based questions and teacher-created lesson plans.
Annenberg Learner- explores American history content and classroom applications through the integrated use of video, text, classroom activities, and Web-based interactive activities. There are 22 units.
Digital History - offers teachers and students information and resources about American history including an online textbook, interactive timeline, multimedia, and primary source materials. It was developed in collaboration with the University of Houston, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Electronic New Jersey - contains 23 curriculum units about New Jersey history and its relationship to major themes in U. S. and Global History. Electronic New Jersey provides students and teachers with access to content, instructional activities, and assessments using source materials drawn primarily from the Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives, as well as other New Jersey repositories and high quality online learning sites.
The New Jersey Amistad Curriculum provides a range of instructional tools (e.g., primary and secondary sources, activities, assessments) regarding African-American history and the contributions of African-Americans to our society. This web-based tool is free to New Jersey educators.
Teaching History - is designed to help K–12 history teachers access valuable resources and materials. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM).
World History for Us All – contains a world history curriculum for middle and secondary school teachers designed by San Diego State University and the National Center for History in the Schools of UCLA. The website contains a complete, ready-made curriculum, including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other classroom resources.
United States and Global Studies Resources and Readings:
All Sides gives a perspective on events and issues from three major vantage points along the political continuum: Liberal, Moderate and Conservative.
ONLINE Primary Sources:
American Memory Maps Collection http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html An American map collection 1500-2004
David Ramsey Historical Map Collection http://www.davidrumsey.com/ The historical map collection has over 22,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North Americanand South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
Historical Atlas of the 20th Century ***http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/20centry.htm#General
University of Texas Historical Maps http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html
Crash Course US History. https://thecrashcourse.com/topic/ushistory/
Crash Course World History. https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/worldhistory1
B. EVENT SPECIFIC (Art and Photos)
American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/wpahome.html
A narrative collection of over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South.
Black History: Primary Source Links
https://blackhistorymonth.gov/about/A collection of links to primary sources for the study of African American history.
Campaign Literature Archive - A Century of Los Angeles Election
The UCLA Online Campaign Literature Archive presents a subset of the materials in the complete Campaign Literature Collection hosted in the UCLA Library. It contains copies of all archived websites plus scanned images of selected print materials. Currently, this includes all elections from 1908 to 1939, and some materials from 1940 and 2000.
Civil War Women--Primary Sources http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/cwdocs.html This site contains diaries, letters, documents, photographs of women during Civil War.
Ellis Island Database Search http://home.pacbell.net/spmorse/ellis/ellis.html
A searchable database for Ellis Island passengers arrival records.
Eyewitness to Labor History http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/collections/exhibits/tam/reiss/opener.html
An online exhibit of labor history
Gulf War: An Oral History https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gulf/oral/
From Tariq Aziz to Norman Schwarzkopf, from Colin Powell to Margaret Thatcher, twenty top decision-makers, military commanders, Iraqis, and analysts examine the war.
It also contains firsthand accounts of soldiers and pilots in the battlefield who were captured by the Iraqis and interrogated.
Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive https://calisphere.org/exhibitions/t11/jarda/
Over 10,000 images, including photographic prints, negatives, drawings, and watercolor paintings, can be searched and browsed.
Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties https://dc.library.okstate.edu/digital/collection/kapplers
A list of laws and treaties pertaining to Indian Affairs.
Labor History Web Link: https://www.niu.edu/~rfeurer/labor/rosemaryfeurer.html
Developed for Labor and Working-Class History Association by Rosemary Feurer, Northern Illinois University
Labor Archives in the United States and Canada (Directory)
This directory updates the work carried out almost ten years ago by the staff at the Wagner Labor Archives in New York City. A survey then conducted identified "archivists, librarians, and labor union staff who are collecting paper; audio-visual materials, and artifacts that document the history of the trade union movement in the United States." This directory includes repositories with partial holdings relating to labor and workers, as well as repositories whose whole holdings pertain to labor.
New Deal Network https://www.feri.org/category/history/
The Web site contains over 900 articles, speeches, letters and other texts, organized by subject, date and author. It also hosts over 5000 Great Depression-era images from the National Archives, the FDR Library and many other sources.
Private Art http://www.private-art.com/
A collection of WWII Letters to and from the home front
The Valley of the Shadow https://valley.lib.virginia.edu/
The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of Reconstruction. In this digital archive you may explore thousands of original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records, left by men and women in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Giving voice to hundreds of individual people, the Valley Project tells forgotten stories of life during the era of the Civil War.
Veterans' History Project http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/
This is a searchable database of 1,500 veteran history collections.
Journalists discuss what they have seen and heard while covering conflicts.
Women and Social Movement in the United States, 1600-2000
Organized around 52 document projects with over 1,250 primary documents, the Women and Social Movements website offers new ways for students, teachers, and scholars to study American History.
Women History Museum
A selected list of women history by librarians
Women Working 1800-1930 (Harvard University Library)
The Open Collections Program focuses on women's role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections. The collection features approximately 500,000 digitized pages and images including: 7,500 pages of manuscripts, 3,500 books and pamphlets, and 1,200 photographs.
World War I Trenches on the Web http://www.worldwar1.com/
This site contains information on the people, places, and events that comprised one of the worst calamities of modern history.
Chronicling America (1880-1922) http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 from the following states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. It also allows you 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 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). To see a list of these papers by state go to http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/
ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers
This page provides links to past, present, and prospective digitization projects of historic newspapers. Only those newspapers without the dollar icon are for free access.
ICON Database of International Newspapers
The ICON Database of International Newspapers is a freely accessible electronic resource intended to provide reliable information on newspapers published outside of the United States. It includes bibliographic descriptions of titles as well as specific information on institutions� holdings of the same. The database serves as a central locus for information on international newspaper collections available in North American libraries and in selected libraries outside North America, providing a tool for resource discovery, access, and collection management.
U.S. Historical Newspapers (a collection of historical newspapers from ICON Web)
Students Please NOTE: The ICON provides a comprehensive list of U.S. newspapers available on the internet. Only those newspapers without the dollar icon are for free access.
United States and New Jersey History
In addition--- We will use all or most of these Primary Source Documents/Readings throughout the course:
The Social Contract
The Mayflower Compact
Plessey v. Ferguson (1896)
Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904)
New Nationalism Speech (T. Roosevelt, 1910))
Progressive Party Platform (1912)
Fourteen Points Message (1918)
Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (Calvin Coolidge,1926)
Commonwealth Club (FDR, 1932)
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka I and II (1954)
I Have a Dream (MLK, 1963)
Great Society Speech (LBJ, 1964)
A Time for Choosing (Ronald Reagan, 1964)
Nathaniel Peffer July 1947
Arthur Vandenberg 1948
Dean Acheson January 12, 1950
Dean Acheson March 16, 1956
Excerpt TOP SECRET Washington April 14, 1950
Dean Acheson April 22, 1950
Dean G. Acheson April 22, 1950
John Dulles May 1952
John Dulles January 15, 1953
Hans J. Moregenthau March 1954
House Joint Resolution 1145 Public Law 88-408 August 10, 1964
Lyndon B. Johnson May 13, 1965……. On Detente………Ronald Reagan
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Book of Genesis
Code of Hammurabi
The Book of Deuteronomy
The Bhagavad Gita
History of the Peloponnesian War
Rock and Pillar Edicts
Gospel of Matthew
Epistle to the Romans
The Chronicle of the Seeker
The Book of Routes and Realms
Ethiopian Royal Chronicle
Description of the World – Marco Polo
Exclusion of the Portuguese
A Benin Wall Plaque
Letter to Shah Ismail of Persia
Table Talk – Martin Luther
Decrees of the Council of Trent
Book of the Family - Alberti
Unyoked is Best! Happy the Women
without a Man - Bijan’s
Treatise on Toleration – Voltaire
Wealth of Nations – Smith
English Bill of Rights
Cahier of the Third Estate
Declaration of the Rights of Man
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah
The Communist Manifesto – Marx/Engels
On the Origin of Species - Darwin
The Jew’s State – Herzl
(Wilfred Owen – War Poems)
What is to be done? – Lenin
The Results of the First Five-Year Plan –
Mein Kompf – Hitler
Debate in the House of Commons (India)
Speeches and Writings