Forever Free

Links to information about
Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Exhibit in the Learning Resources Center, Second Floor
August 25 - October 5, 2011

Abraham LincolnLincoln reading with his son

Abraham Lincoln Biography

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

American President Abraham Lincoln

The History Place Presents Abraham Lincoln

POTUS - Presidents of the United States.

African Americans

"I Will Be Heard!" Abolitionism in America - A well-organized, content-rich site with a wide range of authoritative information. Includes profiles of prominent abolitionists, slave narratives, background on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, critical resources on Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin,"and much more. From Cornell University, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections.

African American Sites in the Digital Collections of the Library of Congress.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

Black History Resources and Links from the National Archives

From Slavery to Freedom - African- American Pamphlet Collection A collection of about four hundred pamphlets "by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington." From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - Stories about freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.

Negro Spirituals - This site is devoted to traditional African American spirituals, and some information is given about the early Gospel songs.

Civil War

The American Civil War Homepage - Civil War information and resources.

American History Digital Collection - Over 1,800 objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum and Library.

American History Resources and Links - from the National Archives. Find information about general history resources on the Internet as well as specific events in history and special topics.

American Memory - Consists of primary source and archival materials relating to American culture and history. Pathfinders: Events, People, Places, Time, Topics

Annenberg History Video Series  Some titles that might be of interest:

  • A Biography of America - Presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative.

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School : Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy - A great source for primary source materials.

Best of History Websites - Links categorized by the period/type of history covered. Over 800 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness.

Civil War Pathfinder at the Library of Congress

Digital History - Highlights events in history of the U.S. from the time of the indigenous people to the present, using digitized documents, audio and video clips, and essays. Includes timelines, maps, oral histories, lesson plans, glossaries, links to other websites, and more.

Documenting the American South - A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

History Engine - An ever-growing collection of historical articles or "episodes" that share individual snippets of daily life throughout American history from the broadest national event to the simplest local occurrence.

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web - A gateway to Web resources and a repository of unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents.

History on the Web - U.S. History, Civil War.

How Overdue Books Caused the Civil War - a little known story about a southern congressman taking books for the Library of Congress

Internet History Sourcebooks - U. S. Civil War - A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts (mostly primary sources) for educational use.

Internet Public Library's U. S. Civil War Pathfinder- Categories of links, resources, and tips for researching.

ItunesU - Educational content from hundreds of universities including lectures, slideshows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audiobooks, most of it available for free. For PCs, download free Quicktime with itunes.

Map History - Military Maps -- Includes maps and information from Civil War era.

NYPL Digital Gallery - a gateway to digital information representing the extraordinary history information (historic maps, photographs, illustrated books, illuminated manuscripts, sounds files, and more) of the NY Public Library.

U.S. Army Center of Military History - History of the United States armed forces.

War and Military Resources - Online resources from the National Archives and recommended web links. Resources for major wars and conflicts, military topics, women in the military, etc.

WWW-VL (Virtual Library) HISTORY: USA: CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 - Lots of great links to historical resources of the era.

Primary Documents

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History - Primary source documents related to U.S History.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online - popular New York City afternoon newspaper from 1841 to 1902.

Chronicling America - From the Library of Congress read newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents - By the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Contains numerous primary source documents listed in chronological order.

Historical Newspapers Online - free online U.S. historical newspapers

In the First Person is a free collection of letters, diaries, oral histories, and other personal narratives.

Library of Congress' Photos on Flickr - includes some photos from the Civil War era.

Making of America Collection - Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Our Documents - Explore 100 milestone documents of American history.

Primary Documents of American History

Valley of the Shadow - Details the accounts of the lives of Southern and Northern men and women throughout the Civil war via newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records.

Women

Civil War Women

The Civil War: Women and the Home Front

Women and Gender Studies-History

Women in the Civil War

Women of the American Civil War - highlights specific women

Women Soldiers of the Civil War

Women’s Studies Resources on the Web - List of links by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture on Civil War and women.

Working Women, 1800-1930 -- Harvard University Library -- The collection now contains approximately 500,000 digitized pages and images of selected rare and historical books, institutional papers, personal papers, diaries, and photographs.

The Forever Free exhibition was organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association. “Forever Free” is made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

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