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The Valley of the Shadow Project

See the Civil War from the perspective of two American communities-- one Northern and one Southern-- through the letters,...

Walt Whitman, illustration from Leaves of Grass

Browse the vast collection of poetry and letters written by America’s most influential poet, complemented by...

The War

Read, watch, and hear testimony from those who witnessed World War II from the battlefield and the homefront, and explore...

1910 painting by Edward Percy Moran of Battle of New Orleans

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations in a war that...

George Washington, in the French and Indian War, by Charles Willson Peale, 1772

An interactive timeline, maps, and biographical essays bring to life the French and Indian War, which began in the...

Poster, Col. Wm. F. Cody, Buffalo Bill

See the expansion and growth of the American West through the eyes of famous showman Buffalo Bill with this online archive...

Dante Alighieri's portrait by Sandro Botticelli, 1495

Let this compendium of translations, music, and art inspired by Dante’s epic poem be your guide through the Divine...

The Writing Code
From Egyptian hieroglyphs to modern mass media– Consider the wonder of our greatest invention: writing.
"The Bamboula" from Century Magazine, 1886
Examine three centuries of African-American religious experience from the arrival of early African slaves to those who made the...
photo, black and white: Thomas Edison with phonograph, 1870s

Browse the papers of America's most prolific inventor.

Thurgood Marshall

Before becoming the first African-American Supreme Court justice in 1967, Thurgood Marshall had made his mark by dismantling...

Tupperware advertisement, 1959

Hidden inside those plastic containers is a history of post-war marketing, industrial innovation, “positive thinking,...