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Decades Research

Britannica® School - thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate encyclopedias (Elementary, Middle School, and High School).
 
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General Collections of Resources Covering Many Decades and Subjects

Primary Source Websites:

American Memory
This is a set of different digital collections of information based on a wide range of topics and themes in American history. You may search all collections from a single searcher, or you may browse and search the individual collections. Includes a huge number of books, documents, photographs, images, music, sounds, and films. Well worth getting to know, especially the Learning section, which includes exhibitions, curriculum, and learning aids related to primary sources.

The National Archives
A digital collection of documents and images related to the U.S. government. Many are official documents that are preserved in their original form, and are made available to the public here in digital format. Also includes exhibitions, curriculum, and learning aids related to primary sources.

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Other Resources

Baseball Cards, 1887-1914 and Early Baseball Pictures from the Library of Congress.

Biography of America
Presents American history as a living narrative. You'll find a listing of key events of each historical period, a map relevant to the period, the transcript of the related video program, and a "Webography" - a set of annotated web links.

Social Security History
Exceptionally well presented collection of information on the history of the Social Security program and Social Security Administration. A mix of general-interest material and items that may appeal primarily to scholars. Graphics and photos abound, and there are sound and video clips.

Ads, Art, Photos and Images of the 20th Century

Ad*Access
From Duke University

Images from American advertising campaigns of the 20th Century. Includes over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. (Use the Browse feature to locate ads of a certain year or adjust the adjust the years in the "Limit Your Search" section - bottom left side). It concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II. Please note the excellent timeline section that gives cultural history for the decades.

Library of Congress: Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recording Sound Division

The National Museum of American Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has mounted a wonderful exhibition of poster art through American history. Most of the posters are from the 20th century, and "brings together some of the great graphic images made in the United States." Sections include: American Events, Designed to Sell, Advice to Americans, and Patriotic Persuasion.

African American Resources

Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860-1960s

"On April 15th, 1947, Robinson became the first African American in the twentieth century to play baseball in the major leagues -- breaking the "color line," a segregation practice dating to the nineteenth century. Jackie Robinson was an extremely talented multi-sport athlete and a courageous man who played an active role in civil rights. This Web site reference aid was created to commemorate his achievements and describe some aspects of the color line's development and the Negro Leagues.   

Biographical & Information About Famous People

The Nobel Prize Winners
Information about all the people who have won the Nobel Prizes. Prizes are awarded annually in the following subject areas: Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, Economics, Physiology & Medicine.

The Pulitzer Prizes
The finest works of writing are annually recognized by this famous American prize for 80 years. Includes Pulitzer Prize-winning works from the past three years, including photos, editorial cartoons, music clips and the full text of all winning articles! Awards are given for journalism, letters, drama and music. See especially the Archive and History sections.

Chicano/Latino Resources

Fidel Castro Speech Databases
1959 - 1996: A huge collection of the speeches of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. Use the search engine to find speeches that mention people or topics of your interest, with the text translated to English.   

Music of the 20th Century

The 100 Most Important American Musical Works of the 20th Century
From National Public Radio, the stories behind the great musical works that Americans loved during the 20th Century.

We Didn't Start the Fire
Words to the popular song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel, mentioning many names and events of the Twentieth Century, with links to Web pages for most of the words mentioned.

A comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music; offering a significant perspective on American history and culture through a variety of music types including bel canto, minstrel songs, protest songs, sentimental songs, patriotic and political songs, plantation songs, spirituals, dance music, songs from vaudeville and musicals, "Tin pan alley" songs, and songs from World War I.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Background and biographical information on the great popular singers, songwriters and musical performers of the 20th Century who are honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Links are arranged in alphabetical order.

One of America's most impressive and important concert halls offers a rich and colorful virtual visit, which includes an illustrated timeline, reflecting American music and culture over the past century. Check here to see what was happening through the years.

The History of Jazz
A series of pages that review the entire history of Jazz in America, spanning the entire Twentieth Century.

Timeline: Southern Music in the 20th Century
Nice collection of information about the people and events in the music of the American South during the 20th Centure. Includes many profiles of famous and influential composers, musicians and performers. Click on the decade that interests you for more information on that era.

Timelines and Historical Overviews

About This Day In History

On This Day In History
Will list events for a given date, plus what was popular in American culture.
Television NewsArchive  from Vanderbilt University
Summarizes news from TV nightly news shows on each day since 1968.

20th Century (1900-2001) Year By Year
The Infoplease Almanac outlines the important events for each year from 1900 to 2001. World events are listed at the top, then U.S. events, including sports, entertainment, science and deaths of famous persons.

Timeline: Southern Music in the 20th Century
Nice collection of information about the people and events in the music of the American South during the 20th Century. Includes many profiles of famous and influential composers, musicians and performers. Click on the decade that interests you for more information on that era.

Wars and Military

National Air and Space Museum
The exploration use of air and space. Lots of images, photos and helpful graphics.

U.S. Naval Historical Center
Lots of online text and images related to the U.S. Navy through history.