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In 1967, Flint passed
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in the housing industry. 

Flint was the first city
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National Historical Websites


U.S. News and World Report (Civil War Issue)

This special issue of U.S. News and World Report features various intriguing articles on different aspects of the Civil War era, including the story of Elizabeth Keckley, W. Techumseh Sherman, and the role of California in the Civil War.

Civil War Preservation Trust Lesson Plans

The Civil War Preservation Trust offers a plethora of lesson plans, primary source documents, and opportunities for teachers and students to study the Civil War.

Online History Exhibits


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers a variety of online exhibitions on American history ranging from "Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars" to "The Dred Scott Decision and Its Bitter Legacy" to "Freedom: A History of US".

African American Odyssey, Library of Congress

This website features a wide variety of documents, images, and other historical sources housed at the Library of Congress relating to the African American experience in America.

History Now

This is the online quarterly journal of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This website features colorful and comprehensive perpectives on various topics from American history.

Africans in America, PBS

This site features an intriguing glimpse into the African American experience from 1450-1865.

National Constitution Center

This website provides interactions with the U.S. Constitution that can be explored by children, teens, and adults.

Dirksen Congressional Center: Congress for Kids

This website provides student-friendly approaches to understanding civics and Congress.

Documenting the American South:
Narratives of the Enslaved


This website features hundreds of narratives of the enslaved from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Henry Bibb. Images and letters which were published in the original narratives can be explored.

National Council for the Social Studies


This website features information relevant to Social Studies educators, including national standards and professional updates.

Parliament and the British Slave Trade, 1600-1807

This website features a variety of primary source documents on the history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and slavery in England and the Americas.

National Visionary Leadership Project

This website features an array of lesson plans and multi-media resources relating to African American history.

Teaching American History

This website features lectures, historical documents, and information about America's colonial and post-colonial history. It also provides links to other TAH Grant Program websites.

Our Documents (U.S. Historical Documents)

This website features 100 milestone full-length documents from American history, including the Constitution, Washington's first inaugural address, the Alien and Seditions Act, and much more.


National History Education Clearinghouse

This website, provided by the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History program, offers an array of resources for U.S. history teachers and students, including Ask-A-Historian, lesson plans, professional development, and much more.


Library of Congress Lesson Plans

Several Michigan teachers participated in a Library of Congress weeklong summer workshop. The attached lessons plans were produced as a result of their participation. The K-12 lesson plans cover various eras in U.S. history.

Kidspiration / Inspiration


Kidspiration / Inspiration is a useful website that provides graphic organizers, lesson plans, and activities for both students and educators to use. These student-friendly materials help students to think, brainstorm, organize, analyze and write. Materials are available for both elementary (Kidspiration) and secondary (Inspiration) students.

American Rhetoric


This website contains 100 of the most famous historic speeches delivered by Americans, including the Pearl Harbor Attack Address delivered by Franklin Roosevelt on December 8, 1941. The entire speeches are audible. Other speeches include those by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., J. F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Barbara Jordan, Harry Truman, Shirley Chisholm, William Jennings Bryan, and many more. It is a useful and engaging tool to teach history through landmark American speeches.

Historical Thinking Matters

This is an excellent website to teach high school students how to analyze and use primary source documents, how to development historical thinking skills, and how to construct historical narratives. The website contains lesson plans and other resources.

PBS History


This site features colorful information about American and world history.

Documents of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867

This site features numerous primary source documents from the Civil War era, including letters, marriage certificates from the Freedmen's Bureau, and appeals to Abraham Lincoln from ordinary American citizens.

Antislavery Literature Project

This website features various types of protest literature which was produced during the 19th century antislavery period. The website also features videos of lectures of distinguished historians discussing antislavery literature.

Avalon Historical Documents Project

This website features hundreds of full-length American historical documents, from the Assize of Clarendon of 1166, to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the 9/11 Commission Report.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


This website features online history exhibits, a history shop, online history lectures, and more.

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery,
Resistance, and Abolitionism at Yale University


This website features in-depth lesson plans, activities, and background information about slavery and abolitionism.

Bill of Rights Institute

This website provides lesson plans for educators and student-friendly activities about the Bill of Rights.

National History Day


This website features information and ideas for the National History Day program. National History Day provides exciting opportunities for students in grades 4-12.

National Parks Service: Richmond National Battlefield Park

This NPS website features information about a particularly significant Civil War battle, which resulted in 14 U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) receiving Medals of Honor.

GIS and Geographic Inquiry (E-School Notes)

This website provides information about geographic inquiry for students and insightful news related to geographic issues.