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Jesse James
Shooting Gallery [Flash interactive]

Aim your revolver and shoot down myths about Jesse James. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Murder at Harvard
The Parkman Family [Text-based]

Meet the extraordinary Boston family that made history -- in more ways than one.

Stephen Foster
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you have a favorite Foster song? Rank them in the order you like.

Stephen Foster
Blackface Minstrelsy [Text-based]

What was a blackface minstrel show? Read through interviews with scholars and performers to find out.

Stephen Foster
Foster the Songwriter [Flash interactive]

Discover the many styles of music Stephen Foster wrote. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Stephen Foster
Modern Musicians [Audio]

Hear the songs of Stephen Foster as performed by musicians Thomas Hampson, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and David Alpher. Three clips.

Stephen Foster
Behind the Scenes [Other]

Read about how performers Lenwood Sloan and Fernand Jackson choreographed the minstrel dances seen in the film. Text with video clip available.

Maps

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Putting Las Vegas on the Map [Flash interactive]

Survey the Las Vegas area and examine highlights of its development. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Art or Document? [Text-based]

Some people think photography is a fine art. Others see it as a documentary tool. Explore a 150-year-old debate.

Murder at Harvard
Identifying Evidence: False Teeth [Text-based]

Dental evidence is introduced in an American court for the first time.

Murder at Harvard
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [Text-based]

Judge Lemuel Shaw explains how jurors should define guilt -- and sets a legal precedent.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Cable Jokes! [Text-based]

Laugh along with the pranksters of Harper's Weekly.

Gallery

Chicago: City of the Century
Made in Chicago [Text-based]

From the eight-hour work day to the Mickey Finn, browse a gallery of Chicago innovations.

Stephen Foster
The Music of Stephen Foster [Other]

Browse a gallery of sheet music by the first great American songwriter, hear clips, and download music to play at home. Includes "Beautiful Dreamer" and "My Old Kentucky Home." Seven audio clips with text and images.

Timeline

Chicago: City of the Century
Early Chicago History [Text-based]

Explore a chronology of Chicago up to 1900.

Miss America
Timeline: Miss America [Text-based]

Read a timeline of the pageant and American women's history.

Seabiscuit
Timeline [Text-based]

Stephen Foster
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Chicago: City of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Further Reading [Text-based]

Murder at Harvard
Further Reading [Text-based]

Stephen Foster
Further Reading [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Ansel Adams
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the closing of the wilderness, the American West, California history, Japanese American internment, the natural environment, conflicts between economic growth and conservation of the American landscape, photographs as documentary historical sources, media literacy, and the role of art.

Chicago: City of the Century
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study infrastructure topics like canal-building, water management, the growth of railroads, mass transit, and skyscrapers; the birth of modern industrial and commercial methods; the Chicago Fire; the immigrant experience; clashes between workers, capitalists, and anarchists at Haymarket and elsewhere; urban squalor; George Pullman's model town for workers; Jane Addams and the Progressive movement; and the rise of cultural institutions in the late 19th century.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Dig beneath the city's surface to explore organized crime, the economics of casinos, the legal and moral issues of gambling, the history of atomic tests in Nevada, and what the image of Las Vegas means in American society. Read biographies of key figures in the city's development, see maps of its growth, and access primary sources from the era of atomic tourism.

Miss America
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See the changing roles of women over the course of the 20th century. Topics include the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the Baby Boom, feminist and civil rights activism of the 1960s, the women's liberation movement, women and the workplace, leisure, the rise of television, beauty ideals, individualism, self-image, and consumerism.

Murder at Harvard
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Probe the difficulties of knowing what really happened in the past, explore re-Civil War medical history and education, examine social class differences, and evaluate historical evidence.

Seabiscuit
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Spend a day at the races and learn about leisure during the Great Depression, folk heroes, the rise of radio and creation of a national broadcast audience, the rise of the automobile and the decline of the horse, and the legalization of gambling.

Stephen Foster
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Trace the life of the man who virtually invented popular music, and learn about minstrelsy, race relations, and the history of popular entertainment.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Understand communications history, U.S.-British relations, entrepreneurs and enterprise, marine science, and the growth of the global economy.

Tupperware!
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate the post-World War II economy, advances in plastics technology and manufacturing, direct selling and business history, women's changing roles in society, women and work, social networks, consumer culture, the American Dream, and the Cold War.