Teaching History Online
Number 66: 29th December, 2002
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The War to End All Wars: The First World War was fought between 1914 and 1918. Even before it had finished people were saying that it must be "The war to end wars". They meant that the war was so awful that nothing like it must ever be allowed to happen again. The seven main galleries in this exhibition will help students to understand why so many people felt like this after the First World War.
Kings and Queens: Explore the kings and queens of England and later the United Kingdom through time, illustrated with contemporary portraits and key events from each period. Then see if you can remember who reigned when in the game. There are four periods to explore in this BBC website. The Plantagenets and the Houses of Lancaster and York are featured in the first period, the Tudors and Stuarts in the second and the House of Hanover in the third. The timeline concludes with the Windsors.
History of the Cherokee: This outstanding website has been created by Ken Martin, a Cherokee of mixed-blood and a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. There are sections on: Before the Europeans (In the Beginning, The Legend of the Keetoowahs, A View of Traditional Cherokee Law); First Contacts with Europeans (Fire in the Mountains, First European Contact, Initial Contacts with English Colonists, 1700 through the Revolutionary War); The New United States (The Chickamauga, The Arkansas Cherokee, Pictures of Our Nobler Selves) The Removal (The Trail of Tears); Between Two Fires (From Neutrality to the Alliance with the Confederate States of America, Physical Appearance, Medical Personnel for Cherokee Troops, The Thomas Legion of North Carolina).
Jamestown and the Virginia Experiment: The Virtual Jamestown Archive is a digital research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and "the Virginia experiment." Jamestown Interactive highlights some of the newest project development at Virtual Jamestown. For example, using John Smith's maps and records as a guide, they have put together Flash maps of the Chesapeake area, allowing users to interact with Smith's voyages in a new way.
Archiving Early America: The main focus at Archiving Early America is primary source material from 18th Century America - all displayed digitally. Using original newspapers, magazines, maps and writings, the website covers subjects the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Famous Obituaries, The Lives of Early Americans, Portraits and Notable Women Of Early America.
Slavery: As soon as Europeans began to settle in America, in the early 16th century, they imported black slaves from Africa to work for them. As European settlement grew, so did the demand for slaves. Over the next 300 years more than 11 million slaves were transported across the Atlantic from Africa to America. Britain was heavily involved from the mid-17th century onwards. Ports such as Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow sent out many slaving ships each year, bringing great prosperity to their owners. This Public Record Office website provides information on how the Abolition Acts of 1807 and 1833 affected slavery.
Hostetler's Social Studies Website: After 23 years of teaching social studies at the 8th grade level, Ned Hostetler is now in his third year of teaching senior Government at Orrville High School in Ohio. His website was created to help his students find information. The site is divided into the following categories: Current Events, Government, General References, Military History (French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812), Ohio Frontiersmen and Indians, Colonial Times and Museums.
The Roman Empire: John Clare's book is an essential and unique resource for teaching and learning about the issues and events that characterize the history of the Roman peoples and their world. It never lets go of the period's story, providing innovative and exciting opportunities to examine the subject and investigate particular topics..