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American History Before 1865 - LSC-Kingwood

EXPLORATION

COLONIAL AMERICA

THE REVOLUTION

THE CONSTITUTION

FORMATION OF A NEW GOVERNMENT

ANTEBELLUM AMERICA

PRELUDE TO SECESSION

THE CIVIL WAR

American Flag with 15 Stars, 1795-1818Star Spangled Banner/Smithsonian


EXPLORATION

LaSalle, the Explorer An essay on LaSalle and his ship found in 1995 in Matagorda Bay, with links to other sites concerning the recovery effort for the shipwrecked LaBelle.

Explorers of North and Central America Brief information and links to an alphabetical listing of explorers of America.

 

 

COLONIAL AMERICA
 

13 Originals: Founding the American Colonies The thirteen colonies listed in the order of their founding with links to the state’s homepage, constitution , and colonial history.

Experience Colonial Life What did a gentleman wear in colonial Williamsburg? What did he and his fellow citizens eat? Answers to these questions and many more are on this Colonial Williamsburg site.

Early America Through the Media of the Day Original documents, portraits, maps, newspapers, magazines, and writings of early America.


THE REVOLUTION

Liberty: the American Revolution The official online companion to the PBS series about the American Revolution

The Newburgh Conspiracy Read about the conspiracy of the Continental Army officers and how General Washington and his spectacles saved the Republic. Links to documents concerning the event.


THE CONSTITUTION

The Constitutional Convention Excellent links to biographies of the Founding Fathers, the complete text of the constitution, and questions and answers pertaining to the Constitution.

The Federalist Papers Arguments written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay in support of the ratification of the Constitution. Searchable by word or phrase.

 

THE FORMATION OF A NEW GOVERNMENT
 

The First Federal Congress 1789 - 1791 Read about this precedent setting Congress that took the Constitution and made a government.

George Washington: First President of the United States Provides president's speeches as well access to his papers.

The Unwritten Constitution Processes of the federal government (many established by the Washington administration) that are not actually in the Constitution but are a part of how the government works.

 

DEVELOPMENT, EXPANSION, AND DISSENTION: ANTEBELLUM AMERICA
 

Antebellum American History Created by Lone Star College-Kingwood Librarians, this guide covers the antebellum and civil war period.

The Corps of Discovery Explore with Lewis and Clark the wilderness acquired by Thomas Jefferson in the Louisiana Purchase.

Democracy in America The book written by a young Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, about his nine month travel through the United States in 1831-32. His observations on that new form of government, democracy, are still relevant today.

 

PRELUDE TO SECESSION
 

John Brown's Raid An ardent abolitionist and eighteen co-conspirators captured the federal arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia with the intention of arming and freeing the near-by slaves. An incident that inflamed an already volatile atmosphere.

The Dred Scott Case The Supreme Court decision that declared that all blacks – free as well as slave- could not be citizens of the United States.

 

THE CIVIL WAR
 

American Civil War Site From the Univ of Tennessee, this is one of the best collections available.

American Civil War.com A searchable site of information – political, social, military, people – about this conflict.

The H. L. Hunley The first submarine to sink a ship in battle. Salvaged on August 8, 2000 off the coast of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina


 

Librarian Talk . . . About Finding Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Articles!

Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. To find articles in newspapers, magazines, journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more, use your updated library card to login to the databases from off campus. All are excellent sources for this topic.  Browse the Research Databases History subject guide.

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GETTING HELP FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

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Content by Bettye Sutton Oct. 2001.  Rev. JNC 08/10, Updated KMB 08/11.

 
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