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Social Studies

African American History

African American Odyssey
Online black history exhibits from American Memory of the Library of Congress with information about slavery, free blacks, abolition, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the World War I, the Depression, World War II and Civil Rights.

The Emancipation Proclamation
Images of and information about the original Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Civil Rights Movement

American History

The 13 Originals:  Founding the American Colonies
Information about the thirteen colonies.

American Memory
A treasure trove of information about American history including photographs, facts and more from the Library of Congress.

The American Revolution
Information and pics about the American Revolution

American Treasures of the Library of Congress
View the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, The Gettysburg Address and other original historical items stored at the Library of Congress.

ColonialHall.com
A digital copy of the Declaration of Independence plus biographies of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Colonial Williamsburg
The official site of Colonial Williamsburg with information about colonial life as well as how to visit this historic village.

Ellis Island
A brief overview of Ellis Island and immigration from the National Park Service.

Immigration:  The Changing Face of America
A digital exploration of immigration in America from the Library of Congress' American Memory.

Liberty!: The American Revolution
A companion to the PBS series "Liberty!", this website contains interactive information about the American Revolution.

Manzanar:  America's Concentration Camp
Learn about Manzanar, one of nine "Relocation Centers" Japanese Americans were sent to during WWII.

Monticello
Virtually tour Thomas Jefferson's famous home and gardens and learn more about the third president of the United States

New Deal Network
The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute's educational site which focuses on the programs of FDR's New Deal.

Pilgrim Hall Museum
Photographs and information from the Pilgrim Hall Museum which exhibits many of the Pilgrim's possessions.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
Information from American Memory that focuses on the role religion played in the founding of America.

Relocation of Japanese-Americans
Information about the War Relocation Authority (WRA) and the process of relocating Japanese Americans to camps during WWII.

The Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900
The Library of Congress' page about Industrialism and its effects on American society.

Salem:  Witchcraft Hysteria
National Geographic's interactive website about the Salem witch trials.

The Salem Witchcraft Papers
Word for word transcriptions of the trial papers from the Salem Witchcraft trials.

Surviving the Dustbowl
A website from PBS that contains eyewitness accounts about the Dustbowl, the New Deal, a timeline, maps and other information about this period of American history.

Voices from the Dustbowl
An online presentation from American Memory of the life of everyday residents working in migrant camps in central California from 1940-1941.

War Relocation Camps in Arizona 1942-1946
Images from the Japanese American relocation camps in Arizona during WWII.

Chicago History

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
Historical information about the Pullman porters of Chicago.

Chicago History Museum
Information about the museum and its exhibits as well as links to helpful sites for researching Chicago history.

The Dramas of Haymarket
Information about the Haymarket Riot from the Chicago Historical Museum and Northwestern University.

Encyclopedia of Chicago
An online historical encyclopedia of Chicago from the Chicago Historical Museum, the Newberry Library and Northwestern University.

The Great Chicago Fire and Web of Memory
Information about the Great Chicago Fire from the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University.

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News 1902-1933
Over 55,000 photographs of Chicago and the outlying areas taken by photographers from the Chicago Daily News, one of the main newspapers of the time.

Country Information

CIA World Factbook
Want to know where a country is located in the world, what its flag looks like, what languages its people speak, what products the country exports?  Check out the CIA's World Factbook for this information and lots more about many countries around the globe.

County, Local & State Government

City of Chicago
Who's the mayor?  Who serves on the city council?  What do the various city offices do?  Visit this website and find out!

City of Elgin
Information about the structure of Elgin's city government as well as answers to who the mayor, city council members etc. are.

Kane County
The official website of Kane County with information about local officials, what each office does, etc.

State of Illinois
Writing a report about Illinois?  Have questions about what the Illinois state flag or seal looks like or who the current government officials are?

Federal Government

Justice Learning
Information and links to legal issues such as voting, women's rights and affirmative action.

Supreme Court of the United States
Look at a copy of the Constitution, find out who's currently serving on the Supreme Court, what's on the court's docket, legal briefs and more.

United States Senate
Find out who your senator is, learn what pieces of legislation are currently being discussed in the Senate, find out what the Senate Committees are, who serves on them and more.

The United States Census Bureau
Lots of facts and figures for a variety of U.S. related topics such as population, housing and the economy.

The United States Government Printing Office
Tons of information collected by various government agencies on a variety of topics including:  agriculture, environment, voting, women, education, economy and lots more.

The United States House of Representatives
Learn who your representatives are, what pieces of legislation are currently being discussed, how your representatives have voted and learn how to write to your representative.

The White House
Information about the history of the White House, a virtual tour of the rooms of this famous building and more.

World History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Information about the holocaust as well as the museum itself.

Maps

Hargrett Rare Library Map Collection
Contains rare maps from Colonial America, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and more.