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History and Biography

ABC-Clio American History

Explore an era or analyze an event in American History.

African American History Online

Includes primary source documents, images, timelines, biographies and thousands of entries on African American history.

American Indian History Online

Contains tribe Index, culture area index, biographies, events, primary sources, images and learning centers.

Ancient and Medieval History Online

This database covers six civilizations: Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica from the early Hominids 3 to 5 million years ago to flourishing cultures in 600 CE.

Chelsea House Biographies Online

Chelsea House Biographies Online is the one-stop online resource for all the biography needs of middle and high school students, or anyone interested in discovering the lives of these fascinating people. 

Daily Life Online

A social history resource; how others lived and live their lives, and how their lives shaped ours

Discovering American Women’s History Online

Contains primary-source digital materials concerning women in American history.

Popular Culture Universe

An authoritative, digital library of information on American and world popular culture from the 1900s to the present.  Browse by decade or search by item or event.

Smithsonian Online Virtual Archive

Personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, films, works of art and organizational records documenting the cultural history of the United States.

The American Presidency Project

Documents (including audio and video links) relating to the American presidency.


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