This web page is for students. Almost all undergraduate students at TSU take both parts of the American history survey (HIST 2010 and 2020) or the History of Tennessee (HIST 2030), and our faculty is committed to ensuring that this is a great experience. Individual faculty members bring their own personalities, interests, and expertise to their classes, but we are also working together to create and offer a history course that is worthwhile, exciting, and meaningful for all students. This page is an expression of that effort.
Further down the page you will find a portal to a larger online world of American history, and we hope you will spend some time there as well. We hope that these links can be at least a small part of your own personal exploration of the past, as well as perhaps resources for your work on assignments in the course.
If you have suggestions for improving this site or the course, please pass these on to your instructor or the head of our academic department. The teaching of the sophomore history survey is by far our largest single responsibility, and we are committed to doing it well.
American History Study Guides
Students in the sophomore history survey at TSU can begin building an online portfolio using the eLearn platform provided in all sections of the HIST 2010, HIST 2011, HIST 2020, HIST 2021, and HIST 2030.
Students enrolled during the Spring 2014 term are also eligible to receive one of two
History ePortfolio Writing Prizes
recognizing the best essays added to student portfolios from these courses.
For more information about electronic portfolios, visit the WRITE website or contact Dr. Samantha Morgan-Curtis, Director of the WRITE Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also view an
online video introduction
to electronic porfolios for sophomore history students linked to this site.
General U.S. History
- The American People Textbook Website
This companion website for The American People provides online primary sources, quizzes, essay questions, and links for each chapter. See also the link to the companion website for the African American Lives textbook below.
- History Matters
This excellent website provides primary source documents on nearly any subject for American history.
- AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History http://history.cc.ukans.edu/carrie/docs/amdocs_index.htm
This site connects to a full-text electronic library through the University of Kansas and provides links to a wide array of documents arranged chronologically.
- Digital History
This site includes annotated primary sources on United States, Mexican American, and Native American history, and slavery.
- The Avalon Project
The Avalon project website, in association with Yale University, offers researchers an interesting way to view and compare a wide variety of historical documents.
- American Journeys
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Wisconsin State Historical Society, and National History Day, American Journeys is a website which provides a large collection of primary documents and images about the exploration and settlement of the North American continent.
- American Memory
American Memory, in connection with the Library of Congress, offers a tremendous amount of information in the area of American history. The information, in the form of pictures, text, and audio clips, is easily accessed.
- American Studies
From the University of Virginia, this site offers many categories of Hypertexts, including full-length autobiographies, slave narratives, and 19th century popular fiction. Other strengths include its Cultural Maps and Museum Exhibits.
- An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
An American Time Capsule brings together a great collection of advertisements, leaflets, proclamations, timetables (train schedules for example), and many other printed sources from American history.
- From Revolution to Reconstruction . . . and what happened afterwards
This user-friendly database, from the University of Goningen, references a number of historical documents ranging from the Magna Carta to President George W. Bush's inaugural speech.
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
This website contains a wide range of useful resources that include primary documents, high quality pictures, timelines, detailed maps, and a recommended readings list. The site focuses on instructing students in the proper use of archives, databases, primary and secondary sources, and other history resources. The activities are group-oriented to encourage teamwork.
- 100 Milestone Documents from the United States National Archives and Records Administration
This website is part of the extensive catalog and holdings of the National Archives. These milestone documents include such items as the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, treaties, Supreme Court decisions, and congressional acts.
- United States Historical Documents Archive
This site presents material not only by time period but also by topic/subject. Subjects include, but are not limited to, the Federalist Papers, Speeches and Songs, Inaugural and Farewell addresses, the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.
Early American History
- Colonial Settlement, 1600s-1763 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/colonial/colonial.html
This site contains documents related to early Virginia and Georgia, including the colonists' relationships with Native Americans.
- The American Colonist's Library: Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History
Links to electronic texts relating to early American and early national sources, including the works of Presidents Washington, Adams, and Jefferson.
- Virtual Jamestown
This digital archive is an on-going research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement. There are first-hand accounts and letters, interpretive essays, and more.
- The Plymouth Colony Archives Project
Fully searchable texts of early laws, court records, wills, and probates; analyses of the colony legal structure, domestic relations, early settlement, criminal records, and interactions of the Wampanoag people and the colonists; biographical and social network profiles of members of the colony; a study of social and legal relationships between indentured servants and masters; archaeological analysis of house plans and material culture; and other seventeenth century texts.
- Famous American Trials: The Salem Witch Trials http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/salem.htm
This site include transcripts of trial records and examinations of six accused witches and other relevant primary source documents.
- The American Revolution, 1763-1783
This site highlights documents focusing on antecedents of the war in the northern and southern colonies, the phases of the war itself, and the British response to colonial resistance.
- The New Nation, 1783-1815 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/newnatn/newnatn.html
This site provides primary sources related to the founding of the national government, including early treaties, federal policy toward Native Americans, and numerous congressional and presidential sources analyzing the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
- Thomas Jefferson Digital Archives
Site provides more than 1,700 texts written by or to Thomas Jefferson.
- Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/archive/index.html
This site provides excerpts from the Corps of Discovery's original journals searchable by author and date.
- National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/expref/expand.html
Utilizing primary sources, this site features three aspects of national expansion: antebellum slavery, the role of reformers and reform in early America, and Overland Trail experiences.
Civil War and Reconstruction
- Documenting the American South
This is a database filled with primary documents and images from the colonial period of the South until World War I. With a plethora of first-hand accounts, the site encourages scholars to explore issues from the viewpoint of African Americans, Euro-Americans, women, and men.
- The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
An innovative site that examines the Civil War era through the historical experiences of two communities in close proximity, one northern and the other southern, told through primary source documents.
- The Freedmen's Bureau Online
This site contains records of the Freedmen's Bureau.
New West, New South, New Nation, 1865-1929
Depression, New Deal, and World War II
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
A user friendly website that provides a treasure trove of primary sources covering the FDR presidency (1933-1945). Maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Marist College, and IBM.
- The New Deal Network
This website includes photographs, primary documents (letters, newspaper articles, speeches, etc.), and political cartoons that provide insight into the politics, culture, and economy of the 1930s and 1940s.
- The Great Depression and World War II http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/depwwii/depwar.html
This site features many documents related to the 1930s and 1940s, including information on race relations, reactions to the Great Depression, FDR and the New Deal, photographs of the Dust Bowl, and primary sources about women in WW II industry and Japanese internment.
- After the Day of Infamy: Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
This website offers approximately twelve hours of contemporary opinions from everyday Americans across the nation concerning the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Included are audio clips that present a candid picture of the political and social ramifications of the impending war, as well as many other postwar issues such as civil rights, and public welfare.
The U.S. since 1945
African American Lives Textbook Website
This companion website for African American Lives provides online primary sources, quizzes, essay questions, and links for each chapter.
- The African-American Mosaic
This site covers nearly 500 years of the black experience in the western hemisphere through books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound. It includes information on colonization, abolition, migrations, and slave narratives collected by the WPA.
- The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This site has gathered together over 200 years of African-American experiences in a collection of material that addresses slavery, abolition, the Civil War, World War I and Postwar Society, and Civil Rights.
- Africans in America: Journey Through Slavery
The information on this site is separated into four main sections, The Terrible Transformation: 1450-1750, Revolution: 1750-1805, Brotherly Love: 1791-1831, and Judgment Day: 1831-1865. Each of these four sections contains historical Narrative, a Resource Bank (people, events, and historical documents), and a Teacher's Guide with links to primary documents.
- Civil Rights Oral History Interviews: Spokane, Washington
From Washington State University, this website focuses on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and features interviews conducted with individuals that had ties to the movement. This site contains many audio clips on such topics as comparing the civil rights movement in Spokane and Alabama, racial prejudice in the 1960s, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights demonstrations. Because this site focuses on oral histories in the form of audio clips, Real Player will need to be installed on the computer.
- Freedmen and Southern Society Project: The Black Military Experience
Brought to you by the University of Maryland and grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site has collected some 50,000 plus documents describing the black experience from slavery to the beginning of Reconstruction.
- From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909
This website offers an excellent source of primary documents representing multiple views of slavery, including abolitionists and those who attempted to justify slavery.
- The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Site contains many primary documents pertaining to slavery, slave resistance, and the abolitionist movement.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
Maintained by Stanford University, this site brings together a great collection of Martin Luther King, Jr. resources in one place. This project presents historical documents on King and the social movements in which he participated.
U.S. Women's History
American Civil War Women
Maintained by Duke University, this website grants access to diaries, letters, and photographs and prints that describe the experiences of women during the American Civil War.
American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States
Through various types of hyperlinks and full-text searching, one is able to navigate easily through information in the Library's history.
- The Internet Women's History Sourcebook (North America) http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/women/womensbook.html#North%20America
This site provides collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts by and about women in the United States.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-2000
This site contains over 1,000 documents, nearly 400 images, and almost 400 links to other websites concerning women's history.
- Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Constitutional History of the U.S.
- A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
This easy-to-navigate site presents records from the Constitutional Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the 1st through 42nd Congresses: 1771-1873. Not limited to a simple search, one can also search specific titles like the Elliot Records, House Journals, Senate Journals, etc.
- Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
This easy-to-use website primarily offers Congressional and Presidential Documents.