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U. S. History in Context

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From the Internet...

  • California State Library: Gold Rush
    California As We Saw It, an online exhibit, features historical background information about the Gold Rush, the influx of people into California in search of their fortune, the letters and diaries of these adventurers detailing their activities, maps, drawings and other art work, capturing the spirit of this time and much more.
  • PBS: New Perspectives on The West
    This site accompanies the program The West, a PBS documentary and offers extensive support materials including archival images and commentary, as well as links to background information and other resources.
  • The Multicultural West
    The Multicultural American West is a resource site for the interactive exchange of ideas, information, and educational tools related to the US West in multicultural and intercultural perspective.
  • Indigenous Peoples, Conquest and Resistance
    From Washington State University, this page organizes access to information resources, many of them primary, on Native American history.
  • Rise of Industrial America: The American West
    From the Library of Congress, American Memory Project, this site contains essays, photos, maps, songs, excerpts from interviews about the experiences of individuals and groups who migrated to the American West.
  • Exploring the Life and History of the Buffalo Soldiers
    An article by William Hill, in The Record (March 1998), a publication of The National Archives, which details the history of military service of African Americans, especially during the period of settlement of the American West.

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