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Best U.S. History Websites for Students

Humanize history by getting students to unearth the real remains -- from the mundane to the magnificent -- of United States history. By aggregating and curating text, audio, and images, these sites aim for accessibility, giving students tons of content likely to touch on topics they care about. 

PBS LearningMedia Visit Website: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
Grades Pre-K-12
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Visit Website: https://nmaahc.si.edu
Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history
Grades K-12
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Library of Congress Visit Website: http://www.loc.gov
Visit our largest library's online collection of multimedia goodies
Grades 1-12
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Price Free
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National Geographic Education Visit Website: http://www.natgeoed.org
Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources
Grades 2-10
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Price Free
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National Archives Visit Website: http://www.archives.gov/
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Grades 4-12
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Price Free
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Smithsonian Learning Lab Visit Website: https://learninglab.si.edu/
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
Grades 4-12
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Price Free
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Digital Public Library of America Visit Website: http://dp.la/
Impressive online collection of historic and cultural artifacts
Grades 5-12
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American Panorama Visit Website: http://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/
Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Beyond the Bubble Visit Website: http://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/
Top-quality assessments challenge students to think like historians
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Visit Website: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/
Stellar history website, gateway to cool PD and scholarship
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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National Archives DocsTeach
Historical texts, interactive activities can promote critical thinking
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
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NYPL Biblion: World's Fair Publisher: The New York Public Library
Dive deep into treasures from the 1940 World’s Fair
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
Platforms iPad
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American Social History Project Visit Website: http://ashp.cuny.edu/
Deep, research-backed resources highlight America's rich diversity
Grades 7-12
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Price Free, Paid
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National WWII Museum Visit Website: http://nationalww2museum.org/
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
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Price Free
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The Idea of America Visit Website: http://theideaofamerica.org/
High-quality digital history curriculum encourages debate
Grades 8-12
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Price Free to Try, Paid
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Voices of Democracy Visit Website: http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/
Vast collection of primary source documents a solid starting point
Grades 8-12
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Price Free
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Stanford History Education Group Visit Website: http://sheg.stanford.edu/home_page
High-quality, document-based lessons spark stellar historical inquiry
Grades 9-12
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