Social Studies Links

Immigration to the US/PNW

Westward Expansion: Encounters At Cultural Crossroads

Mexican American Migration and Communities

Immigration: Challenges for New Americans

Free eBooks from the Library of Congress

The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.

Westward Expansion

Scholastic’s reading activity tells the fascinating story of how American pioneers trekked into the unknown western frontier during the 1800s.

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Take a tour of Ellis Island, explore an interactive immigration timeline, and meet young immigrants in this online activity! 

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PNW Geography Links

American Revolution

A Revolution for Whom?

For two hundred years, historians have debated the consequences of the American Revolution. It certainly created a new nation — the United States of America. But how significantly did it change American culture and society? For the people living in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, or South Carolina in the years after the Revolution, was life in the United States really very different from life in the British Empire?

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American Memory from the Library of Congress

American Revolution

From, this assortment includes videos, readings, and primary sources.

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American Revolution Biographies

American Revolution Dear America Activity

Anonymous Account of the Boston Massacre

Brief Biographies of the Founding Fathers

This site offers a good amount of information about the Founding Fathers of the United States. The site also includes pictures and links for more information.

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Captain Preston's Account of the Boston Massacre

Digital History: Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Research

Early America

Archiving Early America provides the in-depth background that allows you to understand this country’s formative years.

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Historic Documents of the US

America is the first country founded on the idea that a people can govern themselves. This section offers the documents and writings that have described our nation's philosophy. 

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Liberty! The American Revolution

PBS special includes multiple perspectives and a game.

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Myths of the American Revolution

A noted historian debunks the conventional wisdom about America's War of Independence

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No More Kings

Our Documents

To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."

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Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

Second Continental Congress Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

When the second Continental Congress convened in May 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord had already been fought, and an informally organized American army was besieging General Gage's troops in Boston. It now became imperative either to plan and justify further operations or to give in. The Americans chose continued resistance. In the declaration of the causes and necessity of taking up arms, of July 6, 1775, they stated their case as it stood after the beginning of hostilities. Seven men were assigned to write this document, but it was chiefly the work of Thomas Jefferson and John Dickenson.

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The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5, 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt.

A sensationalized portrayal of the skirmish, later to become known as the "Boston Massacre," between British soldiers and citizens of Boston on March 5, 1770.

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The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights

Thomas Jefferson's Account of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Read the lengthy excerpt from Thomas Jefferson's autobiography that talks about the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the history of the document, and various other factors which involved the authoring of the Declaration.

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William Pitt's Speech on the Stamp Act Jan. 14, 1766

Thirteen Colonies Research

Japanese American Internment

Video: Japanese American Internment (US Govt. Propaganda)

"America's Concentration Camps" Maps

"Dear Miss Breed..." Artifacts from Internment

Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp

Japanese Americans: The War at Home

PBS: "Child of Camp" Resources

Primary Source Set: LOC

The Remembrance Project: The Japanese American National Museum

Bainbridge Island Breaks Ground for Japanese-American Internment Memorial

Article: "Childhood Lost: The Orphans of Manaznar"

Article: "The Truth about WWII Internment"

Japanese-Peruvians Still Angry Over Wartime Internment in US Camps

LA County Board Repeals Support of WWII Japanese Internment

A Pain that Persists: Japanese Americans Scarred by WWII Internment

Article: "Pain and Redemption of WWII Interned Japanese-Americans"

Teacher's Guide from Library of Congress

Article: "Profiling in the Wake of Sept. 11: the Precedent of the Japanese American Internment"

9 Min. Documentary: "This is Us! Manzanar"

PBS: "Child of Camp" Teacher Resource Pamphlet

Article: "Failure of Leadership"

Article: "Insulting the Memory of FDR"

Editorial: "Their Best Way to Show Loyalty"

Political Cartoon: "All Packed Up and Ready to Go"

2 Min. Documentary about Executive Order 9066

Executive Order 9066