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Era 1:
to 1620
Three Worlds
Era 2:
1585 - 1763
Era 3:
1754 - 1820
and the
New Nation
Era 4:
1801 - 1861
Era 5:
1850 - 1877
Civil War

Era 6:

The Development of the Industrial United States

Era 7:

The Emergence of Modern American 

Era 8:
1929 - 1945
The Great
World War II
Era 9:
1945 - 1970s
United States

Era 10:

1968- Present
Contemporary United States

Other Resources:

The Library of Congress has put together the following primary source documents related to the American Revolution and the Early Republic:

The National Archives website contains digitized artifacts and historical archives from all of the U.S. presidential libraries:

Maryland State Archives Teaching American History in Maryland: Documents for the Classroom - Primary Source Document Packets and additional source materials:

Library of Congress American Memory collection is an excellent resource for teachers that includes photos, music, and movies from America's past:

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Collections contains materials focusing on the history of Maryland and Baltimore's unique role in shaping American history:

The National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment contains lesson plans and website links to various subjects in American and world history:

Described as a history survey course on the web, History Matters at George Mason University focuses on providing access to web material and other useful resources for teachers and students:

The Constitutional Rights Foundation focuses on instilling the values of American society through an emphasis on the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Sections for Elementary, Middle and High school students as well as their teachers attempt to connect the lives of young Americans with the documents that define the nation:

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning based at the City University of New York's Graduate Center provides resources for exploring American history for teachers that emphasize the conflicting views of the past that make history an exciting exploration:

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website has a variety of resources for teachers to use in their classrooms, many created by participants in past workshops run by the institute: has links to best practices, historical lesson plans and other teaching materials:

The National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places website provides materials related to sites across the United States:

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Links to primary and secondary sources from Federal Agences:

Department of Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library, UMBC - Holds several fully digitized collections of American photography and much more:

Picture History: the Primary Source for History Online - Here the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection of 19th century photography provides teachers and students with digitized photographs of all the leading lights of American life in the nineteenth century. The Foundation has illustrated a PBS series and "The American President" Web site at the University of Virginia:

The Maryland Historical Society list of “Maryland Firsts” includes the first American-born saint, the first U.S. telegraph line, and the first female professor of medicine – all in Maryland:

The Smithsonian for Teachers - The Washington museum has prepared plans for field trips, classroom lessons, and sells its own products and publications online at:

National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institutions):

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture:

The National Humanities Center provides a series of program outlines and full text links that are an invaluable source to teachers:

The staff at Ft. McHenry has put together a series of materials for use by teachers related to the site located in Baltimore:

Antietam National Battlefield has created materials for those interested in exploring the battlefield in western Maryland:



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