American Studies Links

Listed below are a number of links to major resource websites for American history and culture.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
A federal government website for teachers and students that links to a number of useful history and culture resources predominantly, but not exclusively American. Some subculture resources also identified. More resources added regularly.

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
This is a searchable database of the cornerstone documents of our government. It has more than 100,000 digitized copies of the National Archives most popular and significant manuscripts, photographs, maps, drawings and other documents. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Contains a collection of websites and lesson plans for teachers in the areas of arts and culture, literature and language arts, foreign language, history and social studies

The Constitution Community Project
The Constitution Community is a partnership between classroom teachers and education specialists from the National Archives and Records Administration. The lesson plans encourage the analysis of primary source documents, and are arranged according to historical era.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Incredible collection of primary source materials, including photographs, manuscripts, maps, and audio recordings dating back to 1490.

PBS American Experience Online
Browse the archives of American Experience films, web sites, and teachers' guides to explore the past.

American Social History Project
Based at the CUNY Graduate Center, the ASHP produces print, video, and multimedia materials about the men and women who bullt America. The History Matters Project ( serves as a gateway to excellent resources for teaching U.S. History.

An annotated list of hundreds of web sites on U.S. History searchable by topic and time period. Also developed and maintained by the ASHP.

This is a resource for foreign audiences seeking information about American society, politics, and culture. Search from general overviews to more specific topics in each category.

American Popular Culture
This site provides resources for critical analysis of popular culture in the United States.