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Online NewsHour Extra http://www.pbs.org / newshour / extra / index.html
Part of Online NewsHour, the official Web companion to the PBS program NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, this student site reports on the latest events and news around the globe.

History Channel Classroom http://www.historychannel.com / classroom / index.html
Visit the History Channel's "Classroom" section! From there, you can listen to historic speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Mohandas Gandhi, Lou Gehrig, Lorraine Hansberry, and other well-known people; find out what happened on this day in history; and explore featured exhibits on World War I, the history of space flight, Egypt, and more.

CongressLink http://www.congresslink.org /
This comprehensive site provides information about the U.S. Congress—its functions, leaders, history, and policies. The Classroom Resources section provides many historical documents and primary sources, including the U.S. Constitution, George Washington's State of the Union Address, and the Compromise of 1850. You'll also find a link to About Government—a site that explores all there is to know about the federal government.

PBS–History http://www.pbs.org / history /
PBS has a collection of Web sites that are designed as companions to its past and present TV documentaries and programs. Choose from sites listed under the following categories: Ancient World, Biographies, United States, War and Espionage, and World History. Each category features Web sites that focus on an array of topics and offer interactive time lines, maps, photos, essays, interviews, virtual tours, activities, quizzes, and more.

National Geographic's MapMachine http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com / map-machine#theme=Street&c=0|0&sf=187648892.534865
Looking for geographic facts about a specific country, region, continent, or city? National Geographic's MapMachine provides a wealth of detailed animated maps. View maps according to physical attributes, such as mineral resources, vegetation, recent and historic earthquakes, natural landscapes, and much more. Other categories include Street Maps, Historic Maps, Atlas Maps, Flags and Facts, Mars, and World Themes.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History http://www.gilderlehrman.org /
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History site provides many U.S. history resources, including an online "Hypertext History" textbook, primary-source documents, and links to Web sites with related newspaper articles, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, illustrations, video, and audio. The site's Reference Room and Explorations for Teachers and Students are both worthwhile sections to visit.

Welcome to the White House http://www.whitehouse.gov /
The official Web site of the White House offers a look at today's headlines, major speeches, information about current policies, photo essays, and special sections on the President, Vice President, and the First Lady. Click on Presidents' Hall to read biographies of former leaders and to tour the White House grounds.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures http://eawc.evansville.edu / index.htm
Read about the ancient civilizations of China, Greece, Rome, India, Egypt, and medieval Europe in this excellent online introduction to world cultures. This University of Evansville site provides many important texts and documents. They include the Bhagavad-Gita, Plato's Apology, Virgil's Aeneid, the Analects of Confucius, and the Magna Carta. You'll also find essays and chronologies covering each culture.