Social Studies and History

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NEW- Exploration through the Ages - "Exploration has been part of civilization for thousands of years. Retrace the steps of the great explorers from the far-off days of the ancient Egypt, to 19th century expeditions of the harsh North and South Pole, and beyond..." - The Mariners' Museum

Table of Contents

Atlases and Maps
Anthropology and Archeology
America's Historical Documents (and the World's)
History (General Reference)
World History
U.S. History
History of Los Angeles and Southern California

Social Studies School Service A must see by everyone! Internet History Source Book Project

Atlases and Maps

Atlapedia Online - Atlapedia Online contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
Historical Maps of the United States
Library of Congress: General Maps and Atlases Homepage - Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress
National Geographic Maps - a wonderful collection from the world famous National Geographic Society.
National Geographic Map Machine
Quick Maps of the World - Flags, Economy, Geography, Climate, Natural Resources, Current Issues, International Agreements, Population, Social Statistics.
US Census Map Server
World Fact Book - The CIA's Educational Website

Anthropology and Archeology

Ancient Egypt - Brought to the web by the British Museum. Excellent site!
Archeology's DIG - a magazine for kids
Digging up the facts about Archeology
History for Kids (Ancient-Modern Civilizations - Research Materials for Middle Schoolers)
Egyptian Archeology
Egyptology / Archeology (Yahoo Directory)
Mayan Archeology (Yahoo Directory)
Perseus Project - Ancient History
Pompeii Forum Project

America's Historical Documents (and the World's)

(Primary Sources Tutorial)
American Flag - The Star Spangled Banner Website
American Memory Page (Library of Congress)
America's Historical Documents (National Archives) (Teaching with Documents Lesson Plans)
American Historical Documents (Yahoo Kids)
Articles of Confederation, 1781
Archiving Early America
Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
The Creation of the US Constitution
Chronology of US Historical Documents
Constitution of the United States of America
Declaration of Independence
Documents of Freedom
Karpeles Manuscript Library
Louisiana Purchase (Primary Documents - Library of Congress)
Primary Documents in US History (Library of Congress)
Project Diana: Human Rights Cases (Avalon Project -Yale Law)
Treaty of Paris
US Founding Documents
US History Texts
US State Deparment Office of the Historian
Valley of the Shadow - Two Communities in the American Civil War


American Financial History Museum
FDIC - Learning Bank with "Carmen Cents"
HIP Pocket Change - US Mint for Kids
Historical American Currency Exhibit
History of Money
Kids Money
Making Cents of Money
US Debt Clock


Flags and Maps of the World
World Flag Data Base


Census Bureau Geography
National Geographic
State Department Geographic Learning Site
Test your Geographic Knowledge


US Government Websites for Kids
First Gov - Your first click to the U.S. Government
Ben's Guide to US Government for kids - a resource for grades K-12
California Judicial Branch - The Courts
California State Homepage and Yahoo's List of California Government
CIA for Kids
CIA World Fact Book
Civil Rights - Law and History
Digital Diplomacy for Kids
Electoral College - Learn how the President is elected.
Guide to the Presidents
Government Resources on the Web - Federal as well as World Governments.
Model UN Program
Kids Voting USA
Thomas - US Congress on the Internet - read about legislation currently before the Congress (Library of Congress Site)
Supreme Court of the Unitied States
United States Capitol
United States Government Manual
US Judicial Branch
US Presidents
US Senate
The White House

History (General Reference)

EyeWitness History
Harcourt Brace Social Studies
History Channel Classroom
History Homework Help
History and Social Studies Resources for K-12 Teachers (Colonial America 1600-1775)
History for Kids (Ancient-Modern Civilizations - Research Materials for Middle Schoolers)
History Net - Where History Lives on the Web
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Renaissance - Join us as we explore the Renaissance and discover the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe, and in Italy in particular.
Time Travellers - Ohio Historical Society
Women's History - National Women's History Project
Yahoo Kids' History Guide

World History

Ancient Civilizations Museum on the Web
Ancient History Internet Source Book
Medieval Internet Sourcebook
Modern History Internet Sourcebook
Odyssey Online a journey to explore Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and sub-Saharan African cultures.
World War I Primary Document Archive- This archive of primary documents from World War I has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List .

US History

America's Library Presents America's Story
American Civil War
African American Odyssey: The Civil War (Part 1)
American History: a Documentary Record 1492-1973
American Memories - Part of the Library of Congress Collection
Amistad - Exploring Amistad, This Discovery Section introduces the story of the Amistad Revolt and its historical setting.
Betsy Ross Homepage
Buffalo Hide Paintings- Tracking the Buffalo (Smithsonian Institute)
Buffalo Soldier Memorial to the 9th and 10th Calvary
California's Gold Rush - California's Untold Stories, Oakland Museum
California Missions
Crisis at Fort Sumter
Colonial Hall - Biographies of America's Founding Fathers
Electric Ben Franklin
Lewis and Clark - Journals of the Corps of Discovery
Library of Congress
The Louisiana Purchase
Manifest Destiny - 1841-1848
National Museum of American History
National Air and Space Museum
New Perspective on the West
Project Whistlestop - Truman Digital Library
The Oregon Trail - Western Expansion in the Unitied States.
Outline of American History
The Papers of George Washington - University of Virginia
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Santa Fe Trail - The Interactive Santa Fe Trail Homepage
The Smithsonian
Thomas Paine
US Diplomatic History Timeline
US - A MUST SEE! Learn about the US and her history through this extensive website.
Valley Forge
Virtual Jamestown
Web de Anza - An Interactive Study Environment on Spanish Exploration and Colonization of "Alta California" 1774-1776. Documentary resources on the expedition that led to the founding of San Francisco. (University of Oregon)

History of Los Angeles and Southern California

Electric Railway Historical Association - Learn about the early transportation systems in Southern California, including the famous Red Cars
Safe Kids

UPA - The Bot who loves history
USA Button

The Early Days of LAUSD

The Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) was established by the United States Constitution. (Article III) Its most important responsibility is to decide cases based on Constitutional interpretation. The Supreme Court can over rule both Federal and State Laws, if they conflict with their interpretation of the Constitution.
Learn more about the Supreme Court at these websites::
    • Did you know that William Taft was the only president who also served on the Supreme Court?
    • Taft also was the only one-term president to appoint the most Supreme Court Justices.
    • The tradition of the “conference handshake” began with Chief justice Melville W. Fuller in the late 1800s. Before they take their seats at the bench, each justice shakes hands with the others. Chief justice Fuller cited the practice as a way to remind justices that, although they may have differences of opinion, they share a common purpose.
    • The Court cannot attempt to correct a problem on its own initiative, or to answer a hypothetical legal question.

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