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History and Political Science

Teaching Resources for History and Social Science Education Majors

The web offers an outstanding variety of resources for teachers of all levels to help create an engaging classroom experience. The faculty of the department have highlighted some of their favorite resources on this page to share with students and alumni. Please feel free to contact us if you have found a resource that you think will benefit your fellow students and colleagues.

U.S. History

American Yawp - A free, online, collaboratively written American history textbook.

CRFC (Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago) - Provides a variety of lesson plans on U.S. history and government for classrooms from the primary to high school level.

First Days Project - Gathers stories from hundreds of immigrants about their first days in the United States. Sponsored by the South Asian American Digital Archive.

National History Center - Streaming video of lectures, roundtables, panels, and other events held at the National History Center in Washington, DC.

National Museum of African American History and Culture - The online home of the not-yet-built museum that will be the most comprehensive repository of African American history and culture in the world. Features online exhibits, images, videos, a blog, and opportunities to get involved with projects and internships. 

National Women's History Museum - The online home of the not-yet-built museum for the history of women and gender in the United States, this site features online exhibits and images. 

New York Public Library - Digital Collections -  Prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and streaming videos from the New York Public Library's extensive holdings.

World History

Asia for Educators - Offers a variety of readings, images, and lesson plans regarding Asian art, history, and culture, as well as relationships between Asia and the western world.

European History Primary Sources - Searchable primary source documents in a variety of languages from throughout Europe. Includes materials from the prehistoric to the present day, with some non-English sources available in translation. 

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies - Collection of video interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

Hanover Historical Texts Collection - A collection of primary source documents from the ancient world through the present era. 

Leftovers - This blog, dedicated to a "History of the World in 1000 Cookbooks," aims to provide an actual taste of the past by recreating historical recipes. 

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity - Essays, images, primary source documents, music, maps, a timeline, and a glossary on the history of the French Revolution. 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Information, lesson plans, images, and music related to the destruction of the European Jews as well as communists, Slavs, the disabled, homosexuals, gypsies, and other marginalized people. Includes a searchable database of internees and a growing collection of crowd-sourced newspaper accounts about how the Holocaust was reported in the American press.

Wellcome Images - Features historic scientific and medical images from the vast Wellcome Library collection. 

Political Science and Philosophy

The Avalon Project - Documents in law, history, and diplomacy from the ancient world to the present day, with special collections on human rights and the military tribunal in post-WWII Germany. 

The Online Library of Liberty - Free access to classic works of political philosophy and American thought of the founding era. While the focus is on liberalism, there are also materials on socialism and liberal critiques.

American Politics

U.S. Congress - Access to Federal Register and all information about the US Congress. 

American National Election Studies - Houses the American National Election Surveys since 1948, along with an easy to use query program that permits users to build cross-tabulations from data.

International Studies and Relations

CIA World Factbook - Contains up-to-date information on the government, economy, and history of all the world's countries, protectorates, and other political entities.

The United Nations - The portal for the United Nations, with access to reports, images and data on global issues, current and past UN resolutions, and the functions and processes of international organizations.

World Bank - Main page of the World Bank, with reports addressing the current global economy. The most important source of national-level economic data is available through the site's "Databank." World Development Indicators has a very user-friendly search engine.

Freedom House - Website for the NGO that works to promote democracy and civil liberties world-wide. The website offers access to country reports, special studies, and the Freedom in the World annual index of democracy, as well as a dataset of that index since its inception in 1973.

Polity IV Project - Site of the Polity 4 data set on Political Regime characteristics and Transitions 1800-2012, includes both the dataset and interactive charts and maps to assess current trends in regime types.

Social Science

Sociological Images - Organizes contemporary images and advertisements by themes such as race, class, and gender and provides analysis that encourages people to "develop their sociological imagination."

Media and Images

Prelinger Archives - Contains thousands of films (newsreels, advertisements, Cold War propaganda, etc.) available for streaming or download.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Offers tens of thousands of high quality images of art and archaeological items from its collection. Can search for art by time period or region.

British Library Digital Image Collection - Over 1 million images that the British Library has put in the public domain, which means that they are free to use and reproduce. The images include maps, letters, books, paintings, and other sources from the 17th-19th centuries. Great for world history lectures and projects. 

The Grand Comics Database - The definitive source for information on the content and creators of specifics comic books.

Comic Book + - A searchable library of public domain comic books.