American History


Hundreds of photos, documents, maps, artwork, video clips and audio files, dating from the 1800s to the present

An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.

A brief outline of American history from the beginnings to the 21st century.

Lots of material on American History from the colonial to the revolutionary period.

Interactive US History map at


Important Documents


Full text of the Declaration of Independence (1776)

E-text version of Thomas Paine’s famous pamphlet “Common Sense” (1776).

The Constitution of the United States of America (1787)

The Library of Congress provides an electronic version of the Federalist Papers (1787/88)

The Bill of Rights (1791)


Related Articles


Web version of the Introduction by Roger A. Bruns to A More Perfect Union : The Creation of the United States Constitution. Washington, DC  (1986)


The American Dream

WebQuest: Dreams are ten a penny: What has become of THE AMERICAN DREAM?

WebQuest: Manifest Destiny

Michael T. Lubragge: Manifest Destiny – The Philosophy That Created A Nation (Essay)


The American South


Lots of links on the Hamburger Bildungsserver

Five Lessons on the American Civil Rights Movement


Ecology – Global warming




NY Times lesson plans on global warming

One of Time Magazine’s 50 best websites of 2008


Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”


Several links regarding  “An Inconvenient Truth” – Lesson Plans and classroom activities


Cornelsen – New Context


Links and materials regarding “New Context” (Cornelsen Verlag) compiled by Jochen Lüders


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