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SOCIAL STUDIES - the study of society and culture.

Archeology

Ancient Mexico
http://www.ancientmexico.com
Themetic exhibits, documents, and images give a peak into the people who lived in the region known as Mesoamerica.

Archaeology
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/archaeology.htm
Archaeology is more than bones and dust; it is the whole history of men and women, animals and plants.

Interactive Dig: Hierakonpolis!
http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/hierakonpolis/index.html
The largest site from the Pre- and Protodynastic period, Hierakonpolis the City of the Hawk is the most important site for understanding the foundations of Egyptian civilization.

Rosetta Project
http://www.rosettaproject.org:8080/live
A global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to develop a contemporary version of the historic Rosetta Stone.

Secrets of Lost Empires
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/
The companion Web sites to the NOVA programs. In the series, NOVA crews attempt to ferret out long-forgotten secrets of early architects and engineers.

Architecture

Mies in Berlin/Mies in Ameria
http://www.moma.org/mies/
Web site highlights some of Meis´s most famous works, including the German Pavilion in Barcelona, the Seagrams Building in New York City, and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Chateau de Versailles
http://www.chateauversailles.fr
Site has photographic essays, 360 degree panoramas of the Hall of Mirrors and the King´s Bedchamber, and information about the chateau.

The House of the Seven Gables
http://www.7gables.org/
Visit the only surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England.

Manhattan Timeformations
http://www.skyscraper.org/timeformations/intro.html
This site uses interactive computer animations and provides a unique perspective of Manhattan´s skyscrapers.

Mount Vernon
http://www.mountvernon.org
Visit the home of George Washington.

Palaces of the King
http://www.palaces.thai.net/
Welcome to The World First Virtual Palace on Internet. The Virtual Thai´s Palaces web site presents to you by Bureau of The Royal Household, Thailand.

Culture

100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans
http://www.freep.com/jobspage/arabs.htm
Culture, language and religion are distinct qualities that act in different ways to connect Arabs, and to distinguish them from one another.

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
http://www.pbs.org/becomingamerican/
Companion site to the series, users will find video clips, personal recollections and other information.

Beginning Library Research on African American Studies
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/adams/shortcu/afam.html
Provides a reference guide on the historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans.

Culture Quest World Tour
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/cquest/
Join Ophelia Owl and Parsifal Penguin on their worldwide tour!

Golden Week
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2282.html
Japan´s Golden Week is a collection of several national holidays within seven days. Together with good placed weekends, the Golden Week becomes one of the longest holidays of the year.

Kwanzaa
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/kwanzaa/
Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday about the festival of the first harvest of the crops. It begins on December 26, and lasts for seven days.

UNESCO Windows to Culture
http://www.unesco.org/culture/links/
A great link page resource dedicated to policy making in the field of culture.

Documents and Declarations

The Annexation of Hawaii: A Collection of Documents
http://libweb.hawaii.edu/digicoll/digitize.html
A collection of historical and cultural material in digital form, made accessible via the World Wide Web. This page includes material from Archives and Manuscript collections, the Asia Collection, art works from the Jean Charlot Collection, archives related to Hawaii Culture and History and the Pacific.

The Declaration of Independence
http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/declaration.html
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation´s most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson´s most enduring monument.

Gifts of Speech
http://gos.sbc.edu/
Dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential contemporary women.

League of Nations: Statistical and Disarmament Documents
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/collections/league/
Digitized collection of 260 documents. The documents in this digitized collection focus on three areas: the founding of the League, international statistics published by the League, and the League´s work toward international disarmament.

Spain, The United States, and The American Frontier
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/eshtml/eshome.html
Primary and secondary documents that cover the expansion of Spain into North America.

Words and Deeds in American History
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/mcchtml/corhome.html
Site contains transcripts and graphic reproductions of hundreds of important historical documents, from George Washington´s first inaugral speech to Branch Rickey´s scouting report on Don Drysdale.

Geography

A Tapestry of Time and Terrain
http://tapestry.usgs.gov/
Brings together the comprehensive geological and topographical maps of the United States.

The Handbook of Texas Online
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/index.html
An excellent resource for students looking for information about the Lone Star state.

CIA World Factbook
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
An annual reference book from the US Central Intelligence Agency. It covers 266 countries as well as the ´world´.

Facts about the United States
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/stateknow/
These web pages will help you find out the basic facts of any state in the Union, including Washington, D.C.

Flags of the United States
http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/flags/
Includes historical and current flags of U.S. districts, territories, and possessions.

GEODE
http://geode.usgs.gov/
Use GEO-DATA Explorer (GEODE) to access, view, and download information from geo-spatial databases containing a broad spectrum of data produced by the USGS and other government agencies.

Mapping Census 2000
http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/atlas.html
The Geography of the U. S. Diversity.

Maps of the Pimeria: Early Cartography of the Southwest
http://www.library.arizona.edu/pimeria/welcome.html
This collection has over thirty maps, ranging in date from 1556 to 1854.

Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
http://www.euratlas.com
Handy for finding out where you were, who was around you, and when that was.

The U.S. 50
http://www.theus50.com/
A guide to the 50 states.

World Atlas
http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/world.htm
An atlas of the world.

Our Government

FirstGov
http://firstgov.gov/
The U.S. Government´s official web portal.

History of the FBI
http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/history/historymain.htm
Provided and maintained by staff members at the FBI, this site provides brief essays about the different periods of the organization´s history, ranging from the so-called "Lawless" years from 1921 to 1933 to the rise of international crime in the 1980s.

Life in the White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/whlife/index.html
The White House is more than 200 years old and its next door neighbor, the West Wing, is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Learn about the White House and the people who have lived there through these activities and games.

Ben´s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/index.html
The site will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities.

World at Large

Africa
http://www.pbs.org/africa
PBS treks from Algeria to Zimbabwe and 52 countries in between.

African National Congress
http://www.anc.org.za
Site contains a wealth of materials on ongoing advocacy activities of the Congress, including their yearly conference and activities of their offices throughout South Africa.

Arab Net
http://www.arab.net/
Provides current news coverage, country profiles, and brief essays on topics from Camels to Food.

Cambodia: The Odyssey of the Khmer People
http://www.mekong.net/cambodia/
This site is designed to provide information on the recent history of Cambodia, particulary the Khmer Rouge period. This includes not only materials pertaining to Cambodia, but information relating to Cambodian refugees and immigrants abroad, as well.

CIA World Factbook
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
An annual reference book from the US Central Intelligence Agency. It covers 266 countries as well as the ´world´.

Digital Asia Library
http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/PAIR/
Offers scholars, students and the interested public more than six thousand professionally selected, cataloged and annotated online resources.

The Israel Museum
http://www.imj.org.il/
Hosts several online exhibits and selected images from different galleries in the museum.

Kenyaweb
http://www.kenyaweb.com/index.php
Contains news from local and regional newspapers in Kenya, government information, and Kenyan history.

Portals to the World
http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html
Contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories.

United Nations: CyberSchool Bus
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/index.html
This is where you can visit the United Nations and see what´s going on in your world!

Urhobo Historial Society
http://www.waado.org/Contents.html
Site offers basic information about the Urhobo Peoples of Southern Nigeria.

America - Past and Present

The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/awkbhtml/awkbhome.html
Explores the period between 1609 and 1664, when the Dutch established the colony of New Netherland, which was largely confined to the Atlantic coast in what is now New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut.

American History 102
http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/
Covers the Civil War to the present.

American Experience: The Presidents
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/amex/presidents/
This accompanies the PBS television special feature that delved into the careers, policies, and lives of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, and Reagan.

American Memory: The Chinese in California, 1850-1925
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/award99/cubhtml/cichome.html
Site presents 8,000 digitized items that document the Chinese in California from 1850 to 1925.

America´s Story
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi
Discover the stories of America´s past.

Official Site of the Cherokee Nation based in Tahlequah Oklahoma
http://www.cherokee.org/
Cultural information may vary from clan to clan, location to location, family to family, and from differing opinions and experiences. Information provided here are not ´etched in stone´.

Chronicles of Oklahoma
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/index.html
Presents 20 volumes of the Chronicle from 1921 to 1942. A benefit for researchers looking into the history of Oklahoma.

Explorers of North America
http://www.quia.com/jg/48.html
Test your knowledge.

Flags of the United States
http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/flags/
Includes historical and current flags of U.S. districts, territories, and possessions.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistence, and Abolition
http://www.yale.edu/glc/
Primary and secondary source materials related to slavery, slave resistance, and the abolitionist movement.

Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains
http://libmuse.msu.montana.edu/epubs/nadb/
Database highlights the photographic and visual records of current and former Indian groups from the Northern Great Plains.

Lift Every Voice
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/exhibits/music/index.html
A special exhibition from the University of Virginia Library. It is an exhibition which commemorates a variety of songs that were a part of American life though the ages.

National Geographic Online: The Underground Railroad
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad/
Take the journey.

The Oregon History Project
http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/index.cfm
Explore the history of Oregon through documents and photographs.

The Perilous Fight: America´s World War II in Color
http://www.pbs.org/perilousfight/
Color photographs, film clips, essays and personal histories are presented at this site.

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
http://www.si.edu/postal/
The museum contains a 40,000 volume research library, along with an online, searchable catalog.

Shaker Historic Trail
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/shaker/
The Shakers, more properly known as the United Society of Believers, are one of the most compelling religious and social movements in American life.

Silk Road Seattle
http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/silkroad/index.shtml
A collaborative public education project using the ´Silk Road´ theme to explore culturel interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era to the 16th century.

History in General

Canada Day: The Story Behind the Holiday
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/canadaday1.htm
It´s the national holiday of Canada, celebrating the union of English and French Canada.

The Edge of Enchantment: Sovereignty and Ceremony in Huatulco, Mexico
http://www.nmai.si.edu/edge/flash_eng.html
Contains photos and essays involving the power of place and people.

The Fur Trade and Hudson´s Bay Company
http://www.canadiana.org/hbc
This site is about the fur trade in Canada and how it led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest and largest company in Canadian history: Hudson´s Bay Company.

Monuments & Shrines

Arlington National Cemetery
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/
Official site of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., shrine to military service and sacrifice overseen by U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Monuments of Paris
http://www.paris.org/Monuments/
A visual tour of the monuments of Paris.

Monuments and Sites to See in Egypt
http://www.touregypt.net/monument.htm
A visual tour of Egypt.

Mount Rushmore
http://www.nps.gov/moru/
Mount Rushmore memorializes the birth, growth, preservation and development of the United States of America.

Statue of Liberty National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/stli/prod02.htm
Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy.

People

The American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eleanor/
An in-depth look at Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the 20th century´s most influential and admired-women.

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
http://www.pbs.org/ralphbunche/
This has various educational tools, including a teacher guide and instructor notes to complement the use of the video and the companion website.

Frederick Douglass
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml/
An African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.

Einstein
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/einstein/
Intelligence isn´t just about IQ - it´s about using what you´ve got to the fullest.

Girl Power
http://www.girlpower.gov
Clearing house of information, press releases and the like related to girls ages 9 to 13.

The International Archive of Women in Architecture
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/IAWA/
Contains a guide to the collection, a biographical database, and an image database.

Jackie Robinson and Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/collections/jr/jrintro.html
Created to commemorate his achievements and describe some aspects of the color line´s development and the Negro Leagues.

The Legacy of Genghis Khan
http://www.lacma.org/khan/index_flash.htm
Khan did more than unify the Mongol people and create in invincible army - he promoted art.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/mlking.htm
Provides significant days in Dr. King´s life, ranging from his birth in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929 to his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.

Rediscovering George Washington
http://www.pbs.org/georgewashington/
Rediscovering George Washington features historical documents, lesson plans, timelines, and images related to the American Revolution and founding, the Revolutionary War, American history and government, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the founding fathers.

Samuel F.B. Morse Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sfbmhtml/
Contains a Morse family tress, collection highlights, and other information mostly from the period 1807 to 1872.

Time 100: Scientists & Thinkers
http://www.time.com/time/time100/scientist/index.html
People who overthrew our inherited ideas about logic, language, learning, mathematics, economics and even space and time.

What is an American?
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/99/american/intro.html
In 1782 Jean de Crevecoeur published Letters from an American Farmer in which he defined an American.

Women of Our Time
http://www.npg.si.edu/cexh/woot/index.htm
Presents portraits of prominent American women in the 20th century.

War and Peace

Cinco de Mayo
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/cincodemayo1.htm
Cinco de Mayo celebrates a victory by the Mexican Army over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

League of Nations: Statistical and Disarmament Documents
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/collections/league/
Digitized collection of 260 documents. The documents in this digitized collection focus on three areas: the founding of the League, international statistics published by the League, and the League´s work toward international disarmament.

Life Interrupted
http://www.lifeinterrupted.org/
The Japanese-American experience in WWII Arkansas.

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