Unit One: Horizons | United States History
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Chapter 1: Winds and Wilderness
Discovery and Rediscovery
- Vinland—contains great pictures and information about Vinland; analyzes the Vinland map; focuses on Vikings, Columbus, and America
- Introduction to 1492: An Ongoing Voyage—set up like an outline with links to each section; in connection with the Library of Congress; contains a few graphics
- Age of Exploration—The Mariners' Museum Age of Exploration Online Curriculum Guide
- History of the Reformation—Discusses the First and Second Reformations and the Covenanters in the British Isles, focus is on the English Reformation
In The Wilderness
- Conquest of America by Hernando de Soto and Cabeza de Vaca—summaries of explorers and explorations; includes maps (some more helpful than others); some primary sources included
- Francisco de Coronado- Archives of the West to 1806—letters by Coronado detailing his exploration; part of a PBS site on the West
- Roanoke Colony—(The Shadowlands | Coastal Guide)—The Lost Colony that was vanished without a trace in the 1580s
- Colonial North America: 1492-1763—covers first European contact with New World up to Seven Years' War; focuses on English, French, and Spanish colonial endeavors; topics are fairly lengthy; some pictures and maps
- The Mariners' Museum—provides info on early exploration and settlement of the New World; low map quality; includes curriculum guide; pictures available
- ushistory.org Front Page—focuses on colonial and Revolution-era America; information not too in-depth; easier to navigate through than several sites
- The Cartographic Creation of New England—a great collection of early maps of the New England coast; provides some explanation for some of these maps
- Native American Homes—Photos and descriptions of various Native American home styles, including longhouse, pit house, tipi, wigwam, and others.
- Pueblo Indians—A National Park Service site featuring Pueblo history, government, etiquette, ceremonies, and map of locations.
- Mound Builders—A National Park Service site featuring the history and a description of the Mississippi Mound Builders with links to each location, explanations of how the mounds were built, and steps being taken to preserve them.
- Tuzigoot—A National Park Service site featuring information about Tuzigoot National Memorial and numerous photos and multimedia of the structures and the history of the Indians who lived there.
- Mesa Verde—A National Park Service site featuring information about Mesa Verde National Park and numerous photos and multimedia of the structures and the history of the Indians who lived there.
- Five Civilized Tribes—The site of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum with a special focus on the art, culture, and history of the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, and Seminoles.
- Cahokia Mounds—Provides information about the Cahokia Mounds.
Chapter 2: Thirteen Colonies
- The Avalon Project : Mayflower Compact 1620—full text of the Mayflower Compact; includes list of signers
- "Of Plymouth Plantation: 1620-1647"—full texts from Early Americas Digital Archive
- Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings—contains Puritan writings by several authors; biographical sketches also here; fairly easy to navigate through
- Plimoth-on-Web—website for the Living History Museum of the 17th century; in-depth information with links and suggestions for further study; virtual tour of the museum; easy to navigate; education resources available
- A Model of Christian Charity—full text of Winthrop's sermon mentioned in the text
- The Avalon Project : Fundamental Orders of Connecticut—full text of document mentioned in text
- The Avalon Project : Frame of Government of Pennsylvania - May 5, 1682—full text of Penn's government model
- The Avalon Project : Frame of Government of Pennsylvania - February 2, 1683—full text of Penn's government model
- The Avalon Project : Frame of Government of Pennsylvania - 1696—full text of Penn's government model
- The Swedish Colonial Society—A brief history about the Swedish colonies in America by the Swedish Colonial Society.
- The Avalon Project: Maryland Toleration Act of 1649—full text of document mentioned in text
- Virtual Jamestown—probably the best site on Jamestown; provides letters, writings, and other primary documents; in-depth historical info; maps; easy to navigate
- Jamestown Rediscovery—a good website on Jamestown: provides great information, pictures, and shows artifacts
The Emerging American
- Colonial House—American life in the colony time; interactive history; many things to discover
Perspectives: The Eastern Indians
- American Indian Resources Index—good starting point for anything to do with American Indians; includes culture, history, literature, and more
- National Museum of the American Indian—some exhibits online; includes some sound files of Indian music; tends to focus on western Indians
Chapter 3: Colonial Life
- NGA - John Singleton Copley—some biographical information; includes several paintings by Copley and information about each one; good-sized images
- 1805 New England Primer Contents—several images of actual pages from a 1805 New England Primer; good-sized images
- Ancestry.com— The most popular genealogy and family history site; website for "Family Tree" activity in Teacher's Edition; one of the best genealogical sites on the Internet; easy to use internal search engine; access to plenty of records, although more are available with paid membership
- FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service—genealogical records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; easy to use internal search engine
- 1753 Poor Richard's Almanack Contents—images from a 1753 Poor Richard's Almanac; type is a little hard to read on pages
- Mayflower History—good info on colonial life, interesting facts and diagrams such as the passenger list from the Mayflower and cutaway of the boat; well laid out and well managed; primary sources available
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation—history of Williamsburg; includes social history and current archaeological research; easy to navigate; many illustrations and pictures to aid learning; lesson plans; information on electronic field trips
Chapter 4: Religion in the American Colonies
- Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards—full text of Edwards's famous sermon; more info on Edwards at homepage
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. 1850. The Scarlet Letter—full text of Hawthorne's novel; divided by chapter; site includes more information on Hawthorne; see note in Teacher' Edition ("Misconceptions Regarding Puritans")
- All People That on Earth Do Dwell—includes sound file, score, hymn text, and information on author and composer
- America's First Book (Memory)—American Treasures of the Library of Congress; a couple good images of a Bay Psalm Book; part of a Library of Congress exhibit
- The Bay Psalm Book—includes several selections from a Bay Psalm Book; additional information about the book as well
- David Brainerd - Christian Biography Resource Page—biographical info on David Brainerd; links to his journal and the work about him by Jonathan Edwards
- Jonathan Edwards—quite a bit of info on Edwards from a number of sources; several bios (some more in-depth than others)
-includes a chronology of his life; excerpts from theological and scientific views
- Whitefield, Sermons—full text of over fifty of Whitefield's sermons; referenced by title and Scripture passage
- Great God of Wonders—includes sound file, score, hymn text and information on the hymn writer, Samuel Davies, and the composer, John Newton.
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress Exhibition)—gives a good overview of religion in colonial and early America; well laid out and has good visual aids; part of the Library of Congress; not very conservative
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