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Best African American History Apps and Websites

African Americans are central to U.S. history. The apps, games, and websites collected here tell that story, balancing the triumphs of African Americans in politics, literature, music, science, and beyond with the continued struggle for social justice. Use them to boost Black History Month and break free of it, integrating African American history all year long.

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Teaching Tolerance

Thought-provoking classroom resources support diversity education

Bottom Line: It's an invaluable teacher tool to help reduce prejudice and encourage tolerance in schools, as well as within society as a whole.

Library of Congress

Visit our largest library's online collection of multimedia goodies

Bottom Line: The Library of Congress delivers the best of America's past and present, but it's a little tricky to navigate.

EDSITEment

Extensive humanities resource offers deep well of great content

Bottom Line: The National Endowment for the Humanities has put together an outstanding place for art, history, language, and literature.

Alabama Civil Rights Trail

Thorough but dry resource helps put historic events in context

Bottom Line: Although most information focuses specifically on Alabama, students gain a thorough understanding of key players, places, and events of the entire Civil Rights Movement.

National Archives

Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources

Bottom Line: NARA's website wasn't designed for kids, but they can definitely use it to research and learn about history, genealogy, and the U.S. population and government.

Slavery at Monticello: Life and Work at Mulberry Row

Engrossing images, audio reveal the untold stories of Jefferson's estate

Bottom Line: A great invitation to conversation for your history or social studies class, but be sure to build out your activities.

Digital Public Library of America

Impressive online collection of historic and cultural artifacts

Bottom Line: This epic database of history and culture is a labor of love that all students can benefit from.

Facing History and Ourselves

A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism

Bottom Line: These valuable materials empower students to understand and address difficult ethical choices -- past and present.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Stellar history website, gateway to cool PD and scholarship

Bottom Line: In class, a good resource for U.S. history; beyond, a great website for free teacher PD and some great in-depth exploration of primary sources.

The Knotted Line

Unique, artistic timeline lets kids explore freedom in U.S. history

Bottom Line: Students will benefit from this eye-opening and interactive approach to studying history.

Zinn Education Project

Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history

Bottom Line: Free downloadable resources encourage critical thinking and active learning in search of a more accurate picture of American history.

American Social History Project

Deep, research-backed resources highlight America's rich diversity

Bottom Line: Worth the time investment, because these valuable, socially progressive materials will add depth to the study of American history.

Voices of Democracy

Vast collection of primary source documents a solid starting point

Bottom Line: A great place to begin when you want to make history feel more real, but "begin" is the operative word; plan on creating your own scaffolding.

Stanford History Education Group

High-quality, document-based lessons spark stellar historical inquiry

Bottom Line: A gold mine of CCSS-aligned lessons for U.S. and world history teachers; encourages reading, analysis, and collaboration.

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