History 615:

Exploring History Web Sites

SOME INTERESTING HISTORY SITES TO EXPLORE

Tonight we will start to explore in more detail some of the exciting history web sites that have appeared in the past few years. You and your partner will explore one of the twenty sites listed below. You will evaluate it according to the "Lexicon of Critical Questions" developed by Randy Bass and available at http://www.georgetown.edu/bassr/511/lexicon.html .

Spend some time exploring the site and answering the questions. (At the same time that you reflect on the site, you should also reflect on the critical lexicon; we should consider whether there are any ways to improve or sharpen the questions.) Be prepared to make a five-minute report on what you have learned to the class. Since we can’t all explore each site, your report will help other members of the class become aware of what is out there on the Web and the values and limitations of the Web as a source for learning about the past.

1. Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art
http://www.heard.org/edu/harvey/harveyhp.html
2. New Deal Network
http://newdeal.feri.org/
3. Exploring Amistad: Race and the Boundaries of Freedom in Maritime
Antebellum America
http://amistad.mysticseaport.org/main/welcome.html
4. Moving Uptown: Nineteenth Century Views of Manhattan
http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/art/print/exhibits/movingup/opening.htm
5. The Victorian Web
http: www.stg.brown.edu/projects/hypertext/landow/victorian/victov.html
6. A-Bomb WWW Museum
http://www.csi.ad.jp/ABOMB/
7. Cybrary of the Holocaust
http://remember.org/
8. Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan
http://sfasian.apple.com/Mongolia/Home.htm
9. Remembering Nagasaki
http://www.exploratorium.edu/nagasaki
10. Worcester Women’s History Project
http://www.assumption.edu/HTML/Academic/history/WWHP/Front.html
11. Mining Company Guide to Mark Twain
http://marktwain.miningco.com/
12. Documenting the American South: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Libraries
http://sunsite.unc.edu/docsouth/
13. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/wpahome.html
14. Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920; Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/detroit/dethome.html
15. Regarding Vietnam: Stories Since the War: P.O.V. Interactive, with P.B.S. Online.
http://www.pbs.org/pov/stories/
16. Voices from the Dust Bowl: Migrant Worker Collection
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tshome.html
17. NativeWeb: Resources for Indigneous Cultures Around the World
http://www.nativeweb.org/
18. Making of America
http://www.umdl.umich.edu/moa/
19. WestWeb: Western History Resources
http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/westweb
20. Oyez, Oyez, Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Database
http://oyez.nwu.edu/
 

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