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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,...

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Browse the journals of Lewis & Clark’s three year expedition to the Pacific Northwest, listen to an audio...

Map of the Slave Population of the Southern States

Trace the fall of slavery during the Civil War with this interactive online map of emancipation, drawn from events described...

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Track the journeys of over 67,000 Africans forced into slavery with this searchable database of passenger records from 35,000...
Walt Whitman, 1870
Take a virtual tour of Walt Whitman’s New York, and hear about the events and ideas that shaped the quintessential American...