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Created by professional historians to help teachers at all levels to integrate the latest historical scholarship into their classes, Gilder Lehrman History Online features scholarly overviews of pivotal topics in American history, transcriptions of historical documents, and interactive timelines.

 

Special features include:

 

 

·          Critical Issues in American History

A multimedia, hypertext history of the United States

 

            ·          The Gilder Lehrman Online History Library

                        An archive of annotated primary source documents

 

·          Great Debates in American History

Succinct essays on major historical controversies

 

            ·          History Behind the Headlines

                        Historical context for contemporary controversies

 

            ·          The History of Private Life

                        Succinct essays on changes in the family, gender roles, and other aspects of private life

 

            ·          Hollywood’s America

                        Guides to the depiction of U.S. history in film

 

            ·          The Making of Ethnic America

                        Succinct essays on the history of the diverse ethnic groups that make up the American people

 

            ·          Mastering the Past

                        Interactive exercises designed to build student skills

 

            ·          Pathways to the Past

                        Annotated guides to historical resources on the World Wide Web

 

            ·          Pursuing the Past

                        Annotated guides to scholarly books and articles

 

            ·          Roundtable of Ideas

Online forums where teachers have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss historical controversies with leading scholars

 

            ·          Straight Talk on Tough Issues

                        Model answers to difficult questions raised by controversial historical topics

 

            In addition, Gilder Lehrman History Online provides:

 

            ·          Interactive timelines

 

            ·          Glossaries of key concepts, events, individuals, and terms

 

            ·          Classroom-tested lesson plans and handouts created by master teachers

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

·          Critical Issues in American History

 

Units are currently available on:

The American Revolution

The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

The Federalist Era

The Jeffersonian Era

Religion in the Early Republic

The Struggle for Public Schools

Antislavery

New World Slavery

Westward Expansion

The Impending Crisis 

 

     ·    Interactive timelines:

 

A Chronology of American History

                        A Chronology of the American Revolution

                        A Chronology of Antislavery

 

     ·    Glossaries of key concepts, events, individuals, and terms: 

 

A Glossary of American History

                        A Glossary of Native American History

                        A Glossary of American Film History

 

·        Succinct essays on major historical controversies:

 

Great Debates in American History

 

What is the Legacy of 1492?

What Were the Origins of American Slavery?

Was Slavery the Major Cause of American Economic Growth?,

Should Andrew Johnson Have Been Impeached?

Why was the late 19th Century South Poor?

Why Did the Socialist Movement Fail in the United States?

Why Don’t Americans Vote?

Korea: The Right War? At What Cost?

Why was the United States in Vietnam?

Did the United States Lose the War on Poverty?

 

     ·     Classroom-tested lesson plans and handouts created by master teachers

 

                        Click for fact sheets and handouts on:

European Discovery of the New World                    Motivations for English Colonization  

                        The Peopling of America                                          The Puritan Mind                  

Witchcraft in Salem                                                   Toward Revolution    

Impact of the Revolution                                           Conflict over Ratifying the Constitution  

Federalists and Jeffersonians                                   War of 1812

Jacksonian Democracy                                              Indian Removal

Political Battles of the Jacksonian Era                   An Industrializing Nation      

Religion and Social Reform                                      Slavery, I

Slavery, II                                                                   Manifest Destiny

                        Sectional Conflict                                                      Secession

Civil War                                                                    Reconstruction              

African Americans After Slavery                              Indian Policy               

Changing Status of Women                                      Farmers' Revolt              

Responses to Industrialization                                  Imperialism and the Spanish-American War

Urban Political Machines                                         Immigration    

Problems of Youth                                                     Progressive Reform and the Trusts

World War I                                                               Controversies of the 1920s

Great Depression and the New Deal                        World War II          

The Atomic Bomb                                                      Origins of the Cold War

Tumultuous 1960s                           

 

·        An archive of annotated primary source documents:

 

The Gilder Lehrman Online History Library:

 

The History of Slavery

Mexican American History to 1900 and since 1900

Native American History

 

·        Historical context for contemporary controversies:

 

History Behind the Headlines

 

                        America’s first hostage crisis

                        Anti-Trust:  Bill Gates--Another Rockefeller or Another Ford?

The politics of oil

 

·        Succinct essays on changes in the family, gender roles, and other aspects of private life:

 

The History of Private Life

 

Courtship in colonial America

Death in early America

Death in 19th Century America

The History of the American Family: Myths and Realities

 

·        Guides to the depiction of U.S. History in Film:

 

Hollywood’s America

 

                        The American Revolution in Film

                        Slavery in American Film

 

·        Succinct Essays on the History of the Diverse Ethnic Groups:

 

The Making of Ethnic America

 

                        Chinese immigrants and the construction of the transcontinental railroad

 

·        Interactive exercises designed to build student skills:

 

Mastering the Past

 

Interactive skills-building exercises.

 

Click here for quizzes on:

U.S. History

Slavery

U.S. Constitution

 

·        Annotated guides to historical resources on the World Wide Web:

 

Pathways to the Past

 

                        Click here for a Comprehensive Annotated Guide

                        American Revolution links

 

·        Annotated guides to scholarly books and articles:

 

Pursuing the Past

 

·        Online forums where teachers have the opportunity to pose questions to leading scholars:

 

Roundtable of Ideas

Great Conversations

 

·        Model answers to difficult questions raised by controversial historical topics:

 

Straight Talk on Tough Issues

 

    

About the authors

 

Steven Mintz is Professor of History, John and Rebecca Moores University Scholar, and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication at the University of Houston. A leading authority on the history of the family, of slavery and abolition, and of film, he is the author of such books as Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life (with Susan Kellogg), Moralists & Modernizers: America’s Pre-Civil War Reformers, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty (with David Brion Davis), and African American Voices, Mexican American Voices, and Native American Voices.

 

Richard Jensen is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a leading authority on the political history of the United States.  The founder of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, he is a pioneer in the application of new technologies to the teaching of history. His many books include Clarence Darrow: The Creation of an American Myth, Grass Roots Politics: Parties, Issues, and Voters, 1854-1983; The Historian’s Guide to Statistics; and The Winning of the Midwest: Social and Political Conflict, 1888-1896.

 

Sara McNeil is Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology in the College of Education at the University of Houston and an authority on the design of educational Webscapes and the visual representation of information. Widely published in the areas of teacher education, courseware authoring, and educational hypermedia and multimedia, she has received funding for instructional technology projects from Adobe Software, Apple Computer, and the MCI-WorldCom Foundation. She was recently awarded a $1.43 million Department of Education grant to prepare tomorrow’s teachers to use technology.