This mapping American history project was conceived as part of a U.S. Department of Education “Teaching American History” grant awarded to SUNY CortlandandOCM BOCES. Our goal is to provide K-12 social studies teachers access to an archive of rich, engaging, and trusted primary sources in a format that encourages historical inquiry and promotes critical historical thinking skills.
Our site uses Viewshare, a free web application supported by the Library of Congressfor the sharing of digital collections. This enables us to organize primary sources visually as an interactive timeline and map.
Posing historical questions to students, we believe, is a great way to engage them in acts of historical inquiry, helping them to see history as more than a collection of names and dates. Click on one of our historical questions. You will see a map and timeline populated with a collection of relevant primary sources. Click on a source to see more information and a link to a pdf you can use in your class.
You can also use our search feature to find sources by time period (we use the APUSHtime periods to organize our collections), theme, or source type.