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Web Sites for Research in Core D
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The Web sites below offer biographical and background information for most of the authors and issues to be considered during the semester. You may use them in your journals or refer to them in your two papers. Links may be found under the following headings: General, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Ben Franklin, Frederick Douglass and Slavery, Brown v. Board of Education, Randolph Bourne, Theodore Roosevelt, Immigration, Schwimmer v. United States, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, Seneca FallsSojourner Truth, DeTocqueville, James Madison and the Federalist Papers, Thoreau, Allen Ginsberg, Roe v. Wade, Boy Scouts v. Dale, F. Scott Fitzberald and The Great Gatsby, Music Sites, Art Sites. If you discover additional sites that you find helpful, please notify Dr. John E. Becker via email, and they will be added to the list on this page.

General
Demographics
US Department of Commerce, Census Bureau: Statistical Abstract of the United States [pdf]. Organized thematically into areas such as agriculture, population, elections, educations, transportation, and domestic trade. From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005. http://scout.wisc.edu.

Government:
US General Services Administration: FirstGov. Access to all 20,000 government sites from a single central point. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
C-Span and Congressional Quarterly, Inc.: Capitol Spotlight [RealPlayer]. Each week Congress is in session, Capitol Spotlight's content will focus on a key vote. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.

History
Library of Congress: American Memory. Historical Collections in the Library of Congress. Click on "Collection Finder" to look for relevant collections.
University of Virginia, Miller Center of Public Affairs: American President. For each president, a biographical sketch, his presidency, its legacy, with information about cabinet members and political appointees. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
The American Presidency Project  [pdf]. Brings together documents from all of the presidents.
University of Virginia, Miller Center of Public Affairs, Presidential Recordings Program: WhiteHouseTapes.org  [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf, Windows Media Player, QuickTime]. Since 1940, six American presidents have secretly recorded close to 5,000 hours of conversations, many of which have been of great interest to presidential historians, the press, and the general public. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Rutgers University: Eagleton Institute of Politics [pdf]. Dedicated to exploring state and national politics through research, education, and public service. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
University of Wisconsin at Madison: Foreign Relations of the United States. Volumes published since 1945 have been available online from the State Department, and users can now read the full text of volumes from 1900-01 and 1903-18 at this site. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]. Insights into the various armed conflicts that have engulfed the country from the Revolutionary War to the current conflict in Iraq. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress: Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium. Herblock's History celebrates Block's gift to the Library of Congress of more than one hundred works, spanning seventy years of world history. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.

Maps:
US Department of the Interior: National Atlas of the United States. Interactive map generator allows users to view and download maps that include information about agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, history, people, transportation, water, and more. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress, Geography and MapDivision, Digitized Map Collection: Zoom into Maps. Takes students through local geography, exploration and discovery, migration and settlement, environmental history, pictorial maps, and more. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
University of Illinois Library Historical Maps Online. Hundreds of digitized maps, which may be examined in minute detail with an effective zoom feature. The general intent of the project was to electronically present images of maps that chart the past 400 years of historical development in Illinois. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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Walt Whitman
The Walt Whitman Archive
Library of Congress, American Memory: Poet at Work, Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection.
Library of Congress: Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass. The exhibition traces the evolution of Leaves of Grass and Whitman's life, as a poet and a person, from the first appearance of the lines "I am the poet of the body, And I am the poet of the soul" in an early notebook to the final "Deathbed edition" of 1891-1892. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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Langston Hughes
Teacher Resource File.

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Ben Franklin
Library of Congress: Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words. Some of the documents include Franklin's own design for a stove, his 1775 plan for a colonial confederation, and the founding charter for the American Philosophical Society. The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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Frederick Douglass and Slavery
PRIMARY MATERIAL
Library of Congress, American Memory Collection: The Frederick Douglass Papers. Also includes a biography of his wife, Anna Murray Douglass, and material from Henry Ward Beecher, Ida B. Wells, Lydia Maria Child, and Horace Greeley. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
University of North Carolina Libraries: Documenting the American South: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, online version available for downloading. This site has cover art and illustrations from the original published version. There are also links to other narratives from escaped/freed slaves and information about the history of slavery in the U.S., north, south, and throughout the country.

GOVERNMENT SITES
Library of Congress, American Memory Collection: Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860. "Trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance" dating mostly from the nineteenth century. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress, American Memory Collection: Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories [RealOnePlayer]. First-hand audio recollections of the experience of slavery in the American South. The interviews were conducted between 1932 and 1975. Visitors may also want to follow along by viewing the full-text transcriptions as well. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
Library of Congress, American Memory Collection: Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938. A new collection of over 2,000 narratives from the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress. Accompanying the narratives are more than 500 photographs. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
U.S Commission on Civil Rights [pdf]. Some of the more intriguing reports available on the site's homepage include "Redefining Rights in America: The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001-2004" and "Broken Promises: Evaluating the Native American Health Care System".From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

UNIVERSITY SITES
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Academic Affairs Library: Documenting the American South. First-Person Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; North American Slave Narratives; The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865; The Church in the Southern Black Community; and The North Carolina Experience, Beginnings to 1940, particularly an expansive collection of North American slave narratives published in English in books and pamphlets up to 1920. At present, more than 230 narratives are available online from persons including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and many others. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Virginia, American Studies: American Slave Narratives: Thirteen transcriptions of interviews with former slaves conducted by the depression-era Works Projects Administration (WPA).
Yale University: The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. The Source Documents section features primary and secondary source materials related to slavery, slave resistance, and the abolitionist movement. From The Scout Report, Copyright, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

MUSEUM SITES
Boston Athenaeum: Boston African American Project. Materials related to the lives of African Americans in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
The Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History and Culture [Windows Media Player, Macromedia Flash Player]. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
New York Historical Society: Slavery in New York  [Macromedia Flash Player, Real Player]. New York was at the heart of the slave trade for close to two hundred years. This exhibit explores this aspect of the city's history. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu.
New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery [Macromedia Flash Player]. "A New People" traces the complex genetic heritage of today's African-Americans. Other topics: "The Long March," "Slave Labor and Slave Systems," and "Expressive Culture," describing the influence of Africans on music, art, speech and dress in the U.S. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Schomburg Center: In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience [Macromedia Flash Player]. African-American migrations from the 15th to the 21st centuries. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Virginia Center for Digital History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African and Afro-American Studies: Race & Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA [RealOnePlayer]. A multimedia archive including oral histories, political broadsides, photographs, maps, and letters. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities: The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record. Several hundred photographs that document the Atlantic Slave Trade and the daily lives of slaves in the Americas. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/

MEDIA SITES
National Geographic: The Underground Railroad. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
American Radio Works: Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches  [RealPlayer]. Includes the only known recordings of Marcus Garvey as well as Barbara Jordan's defense of the US Constitution during the impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.http://scout.wisc.edu.

OTHER SITES
Southern Poverty Law CenterIntelligence Project [pdf]. The Project continues to track over 800 hate groups across the United States. Scout Report http://scout.wisc.edu/.
The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony [.pdf]. During the Civil War, Roanoke Island, located between the coast of North Carolina and the Outer Banks, became a refuge for escaped slaves. This site presents an account of the history and selected documents and maps of the Roanoke Island Freedmens Colony. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council [pdf]. Designed "to generate, gather and disseminate research on the relationship between race and poverty." The Scout Report.
American Anthropological Association: Understanding Race [pdf]. The site is divided into three sections, which include "History", "Human Variation", and "Lived Experience". From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu.

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Brown v. Board of Education
United States Supreme Court:Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) (USSC+)
Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society: Landmark Cases: Brown v. Board of Education.
Library of Congress: "With an Even Hand": Brown v. Board at Fifty. An exhibition which moves through the several court cases that led up to the Brown case, giving arguments and the public response to the case, and also the effect that the case had on the history of the country. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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Randolph Bourne
Bigeye.com:Randolph Bourne.

Theodore Roosevelt
The White House: Theodore Roosevelt. Brief biography.
Theodore Roosevelt Association. Check links next to the picture.

Immigration
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. A searchable database of records on the 22 million passengers and ship crew members who passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Center for Immigration Studies [pdf]. An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization, the United States' only think tank devoted "exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States." From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Open Collections Program, Harvard University: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930. Approximately 1,800 books, 6,000 photographs, and 200 maps. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Migration Policy Institute [pdf]. The Migration Information Source website contains global migration data, country migration profiles, and a glossary of migration terms. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
The Brookings Institution: The Rise of New Immigrant Gateways [pdf]. Many urban areas serve as gateway communities for the millions of immigrants who come to live in the country every year. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Hispanic Center [pdf]. "To improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation." From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
PBS: Taxi Dreams. This companion site to the PBS documentary tells the story of New York's immigrant cab drivers. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress, American Memory Series: Suffering Under a Great Injustice, Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/

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Schwimmer v. United States
Find Law, For Legal Professionals: Schwimmer v. United States

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The Declaration of Independence
Independence Hall Association: ushistory.org The Declaration of Independence. Its history and the signers; an excerpt from Jefferson's autobiography detailing the drafting of the Declaration, with profiles of all 56 signatories. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress: American Memory Project:The Thomas Jefferson Papers. Correspondence, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
University of Virginia Library: Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress: American Memory Collections: The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Virginia Library, Electronic Text Center: The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources: 1745-1799. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Library of Congress: American Memory Collections, Manuscript Division: The Diaries of George Washington and the George Washington Papers. All 51 diaries and diary fragments written between 1748 and December 13, 1799, the day before his death.
Boston Public Library: The John Adams Library [Macromedia Flash Player].

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The Constitution
The Library of Congress: American Memory Project: Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
Library of Congress: American Memory Collections: US Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Founding Fathers Info Guide. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
New York Historical Society Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America. Alexander Hamilton was a member of the First Continental Congress, a co-author of the Federalist Papers, and a vital force behind the ratification of the Constitution. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
Nine Months in York Town. The creation and signing of the Articles of Confederation in 1777, in the York(town) County Courthouse, bound the original thirteen colonies to one another and paved the way toward the drafting of the Constitution. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
The Supreme Court Historical Society [Macromedia Flash Player]. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Miller Center for Public Affairs and the American Political History Initiative: American Political Development. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
The Freedom Forum: First Amendment Center [.pdf]. Developed in conjunction with Vanderbilt University, this site features excellent research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
University of Virginia Libraries: Censored: Wielding the Red Pen. Exhibit of books, films, music, and works of art suppressed, altered, expurgated, bleeped, blackened, cut, burned, or bowdlerized. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Electronic Privacy Information Center: Patriot Act.

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Lincoln
The White House: Abraham Lincoln Page.
The Library of Congress, American Memory: The Abraham Lincoln Papers.
Abraham Lincoln Association The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. A searchable online version.
Abraham Lincoln Research Site. Valuable for its many links treating all aspects of Lincoln's career.
McGill University Libraries: Lincoln North: The Joseph N. Nathanson Collection of Lincolniana. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Pennsylvania Library, Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image: The Crisis of the Union. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Carnegie Mellon University: The Historical New York Times Project: Chapter 2, The Civil War Years 1860-1866. Contemporary Civil War journalism albeit from a Northern, Union perspective. The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

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Seneca Falls
Library of Congress, American Treasures Exhibit: 
The Seneca Falls Convention. Elizabeth C. Stanton's scrapbook of newspaper clippings following the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention with later additions by her daughter.
Susan B. Anthony House: Susan B. Anthony Biography
Library of Congress: American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
The League of Women Voters.
National Portrait Gallery: Women of Our Time. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Harvard University,Open Collections Program: Women Working. Documents centered around the experience of working women during the period 1870-1930 in Boston. From The Scout Report, http://www.scout.wisc.edu/.
American Women Through Time. Chronologically organized so that visitors can learn about resources that deal with each historical era, from the world of Native Americans to the year 2000. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/

Sojourner Truth
A Celebration of Women Writers: Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Written by Olive Gilbert, based on information provided by Sojourner Truth, 1850.

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DeTocqueville
University of Virginia, American Studies: Democracy in America. A rich source of valuable and interesting sites.

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James Madison and the Federalist Papers
The James Madison Center: Federalist Papers.
Library of Congress, American Memory Project: The James Madison Papers. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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Thoreau and Civil Disobedience
University of Washington, eserver.org: "Civil Disobedience," Annotated edition with related sites.
The Thoreau Institute, Walden Woods Project: Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

Allen Ginsberg
Modern American Poetry: Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997.

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Roe v. Wade
FindLaw: Roe v. Wade.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Writings by religious scholars and clergy of many denominations who are pro-choice.
Catholics for a Free Choice. Traces the Catholic Church's shifting position on the "personhood" of a fetus over time.

Boy Scouts v. Dale
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale
The Oyez Project: U. S. Supreme Court Media Boy Scouts of America v. Dale summary

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F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby
University of South Carolina: F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary.
A Beginner's Guide to The Great Gatsby.

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Music Sites
FOLK:
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Library of Congress, American Memory Series: Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Virginia Library: Lift Every Voice [QuickTime, MP3]. Commemorates and celebrates a variety of songs that were a part of everyday American life through the centuries. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Southwest Missouri State University Department of Music and the Springfield-Greene County Library: Max Hunter Folk Song Collection [RealPlayer, AIFF]. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
PBS: American Roots Music. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
NPR: Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues: American Music From Back Roads to Big City [RealOne Player]. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/

RAGTIME AND JAZZ:
Library of Congress: Ragtime [Real Player].
PBS, WETA: Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns [RealPlayer]. ---Biographies of nearly 100 musicians, culled from The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Definitions of Jazz basics including improvisation, rhythm, and notation; samples of styles of Jazz. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Jazz Roots. The first thirty years of jazz. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive:A History of Jazz Before 1930. [RealPlayer, VivoActive]. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Louis Armstrong Discography. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

OTHER:
Library of Congress, Music Division: Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
National Public Radio:The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century. From The Scout Report http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
PBS, Frontline: The Merchants of Cool [RealPlayer]. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.

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Art Sites
Thomas Cole: The Course of Empire.
Thomas Cole: View from Mount Holyoke, Northhampton Massachusetts, After a Thunderstorm.
William Sidney Mount: Cider Making.
George Caleb Bingham: Fur Traders Descending the Mississippi.
Frederic Edwin Church: Heart of the Andes.
Albert Bierstadt: The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak.
John F. Kensett: Lake George.
Winslow Homer: The Gulf Stream.
Worcester Art Museum: Early American Paintings. Features biographies of 20 artists and detailed information on 53 works, which also include numerous comparative images from other collections. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Newington Cropsey Foundation: Hudson River School of Painting. Click on "Collections."

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