Looking for more information on a specific time period or literary movement? Use the Historical Background Links below to find online maps and timelines, take virtual museum tours, read primary source documents, and more.
Civil War Links
http://pw1.netcom.com/ ~wandaron/ cw.html
This page provides links to a wealth of Civil War sites on the Web.
The Underground Railroad
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ features/ 99/ railroad/ j1.html
This National Geographic interactive presentation takes you back to the year 1850. You are a slave, owned by a farmer in Maryland, and you must choose your path to freedom.
American Slave Narratives
http://xroads.virginia.edu/ ~HYPER/ wpa/ wpahome.html
This University of Virginia site provides first-hand accounts of former slaves. These narratives reveal what life was like for slaves living on plantations, small farms, and in cities.
Civil War Photographs
http://memory.loc.gov/ ammem/ cwphtml/ cwphome.html
This Library of Congress site offers more than 1,000 Civil War photographs from the library's holdings, plus a wealth of background information.
Africans in America: Resource Bank
http://www.pbs.org/ wgbh/ aia/ part4/ index.html
Part of a PBS companion site to an Africans in America series, this Resource Bank offers access to a wide range of materials on slavery, including historical documents, slave narratives, and background information on slavery and abolition.