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(Updated on 02/04/2013)



Adams John and Abigail
Al Capone
'Amazing Americans'
America in Color from 1939-1943
American Dream
'American Revolution'
'American West'
'Animations and Movies'
Armes à feu


BILL Buffalo
'Bill of Rights'
'Bill of Rights Day'
'Black people'
'Boston Tea Party'


Christopher Columbus
Civilisation américaine
'Civil Rights'
'Civil War'
'Colonial Period'
Columbus Christopher
'Constitution Day'


'Declaration of Independence'


'Early Americas'
'Ellis Island'
'Events in 2003'


Fifties and Sixties


'Gold Rush'
'Great Depression'
Guerre de Sécession


'Hippie (The Year of the -')
'History' (US) - General Resources


Images that helped define America
'Independence Day'

'Iraq War'


'July 4th'


Kennedy (The 20th Century)
King (Martin Luther -)
Ku Klux Klan


Life in the 1970s and '80s

Lives of the downtrodden in early America
Los Angeles
Louisiana purchase


Marilyn MONROE
Martin Luther King
'Movies and Animations'


'Native Americans'
New York


'Oklahoma City Bombing'
Ouest américain


PAINE Thomas
Peine de mort
'Pledge of Allegiance'
Pony Express
'Presidents' (Games)
'Presidents' Day'
Protests (Important -)



Ruée versl'or


'Salem Witch Trials'

'September 11, 2001'


Territorial history
The far right in Britain
The fifties
'Thirteen Colonies'
'Time Line Generators'
'Twentieth century'


'Uncle Sam'
'US History' - General Resources


'Vietnam War'
Vingtième siècle


'Wars with American Involvement'
Washington, DC
'West (The -' )



'Year of the Hippie (The -')





Vocabulary :

  • The Colonial Dictionary (germantownacademy)
    "Students in third grade have been learning about the colonial period in America. As they discover the meanings of vocabulary words, they enter these definitions onto web pages of our Colonial Alphabet."



The images that helped define America - 7 November 2016
"A new book mines the archives of National Geographic magazine to pull together a pictorial history of the US spanning a century.
Fiona Macdonald takes a look."





The Making of a Nation: Louisiana Purchase - VIDEO
"The U.S. was not always this big. A series of unexpected events transformed the U.S. from a small nation along the Atlantic Ocean
into a large country that stretched across most of North America. This video tells the story of the Louisiana Purchase."





The far right in Britain – video explainer - 28 November 2016
"From Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in the 1930s through to the National Front, the British National party
and the English Defence League, the far right in Britain has been part of the political landscape for decades.
Now anti-immigration sentiment is moving closer to the mainstream and far right extremism is a growing cause for concern."






10 Important Protests in American History - 1:44





  • Territorial History of the USA: Every Month for 400 Years
    "Animated map of the contiguous 48 States showing every country boundary change from 1629 onwards, and State border changes from 1784. 
    Year and Month are shown in the top right hand corner.
    Note: Grey coloured areas are independent regions that would later become part of the States."






Webquests :



  • Webquests with Teacher's Notes (onestopenglish) :


  • A webquest on SLAVERY
    "Explore the ways that slavery has been woven into the fabric of societies in America and around the world."



  • Ellis Island Webquest (Ac. Orléans-Tours) :
    "In the following WebQuest, you will adopt one of two roles: the role of a new immigrant, or the role of an immigration officer. Your goal is to write a page from your diary about this experience."


  • A scavenger hunt - Remembering September 11, 2001
    - What do you know about it ? - PDF (Education World)

  • Independence Day - a webquest
    "In the first activity you will investigate Independence Day in the United States.
    In activities 2 and 3 you'll discover what other countries celebrate their independence in July."
    + Teacher's Notes








Related pages :



  • American History - PowerPoint Presentations (
    Explorers - Civil War - Government -
    Native Americans - Industrial/Immigration - Geography -
    Colonial Times - Great Depression - Patriotic Symbols -
    Revolutionary War - Civil Rights - Multicultural -
    Western Expansion - World Wars - Many More

  • My America - activités sur les symboles des USA (field-trips)
    Stop 1-Welcome to the My America Field Trip!
    Stop 2-Star-Spangled Banner
    Stop 3-History of the Flag
    Stop 4-July 4th
    Stop 5-The History of the Pledge of Allegiance
    Stop 6-Statue of Liberty
    Stop 7-About the Statue of Liberty
    Stop 8-Ellis Island & Immigration
    Stop 9-American Indians
    Stop 10-Reservation Map
    Stop 11-"American" Wildlife
    Stop 12-Bald Eagle
    Stop 13-American Bison
    Stop 14-Wild Horses
    Stop 15-Mount Rushmore
    Stop 16-Crazy Horse (Tashunkewitko)
    Stop 17-American History
    Stop 18-Goodbye & Thanks for Coming!




Constitution Day :

Activities to print Resources
Interactive games Songs
Lesson plans Videos

(Updated on 20/07/2016)


Related pages :

See the TOP of the page



Resources :

  • Charters of Freedom (
    "This interactive site developed by the National Archives features the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, as well as information on how they were created and their impact." (Education World)



Listening :

  • Creating the U.S. Constitution
    "A look at the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution" | THE MAKING OF A NATION



Activities TO PRINT :

Lesson plans :

  • America's Freedom Documents! (
    "Education World presents ten lesson plans for teaching about three important freedom documents
    - the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
    Included: Activities that involve students in creating time lines and posters, writing new amendments, and much more!"




Songs :

  • Schoolhouse Rock- The Preamble - a song
    "1976. This song teaches about the opening to the United States Constitution, with its preamble set to music.
    When writing this song, they had to remove a small section of the preamble to make the song rhyme.
    This song was voted the 6th best song on the 30th anniversary edition. Sung by Essra Mohawk. Written by Bob Dorough, Tom Yohe."




Videos :





Games :


  • Name that President - (Primary Games)
    "Look at the picture of the President and click on his name.
    This game has 10 questions."





The Early Americas

  • Exploring the Early Americas
    "features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds..."
    + Interactives


  • Lives of The Downtrodden in Early America
    "We learn a lot about the Founding Fathers and the movers and shakers of colonial America, but what about the regular folk, and especially the poor people who left no records for us? Jon Townsend (previously at Neatorama) knows a lot about colonial America. Here he gives us details from the travel journals of Sarah Kemble Knight and surveyor William Bird, who wrote down the things they saw and the people they met. -via Digg 





The Salem Witch Trials

  • History Brief: The Salem Witch Trials (7:14)
    "The following video provides a brief introduction to the Salem Witch Trials."


  • The Crucible
    "The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play written in the early 1950s during the time of McCarthyism, when the government blacklisted accused communists."
    + Film adaptations


  • Witch-hunt
    "A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and mob lynching, but in historical instances
    also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials.
    The classical period of witch-hunts in Europe falls into the Early Modern period or about 1450 to 1700, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation
    and the Thirty Years' War, resulting in tens of thousands of executions...
    The term "witch-hunt" is often used to refer to similarly panic-induced searches for perceived wrong-doers other than witches.
    The best known example is probably the McCarthyist search for communists during the Cold War..."




  • Salem Witch Trials - Literature/U.S. History lesson plan for grades 9 to 12. (




John and Abigail Adams :





The 13 American Colonies : Click on the picture.

  • The 13 American Colonies (socialstudiesforkids)
    This fun, illustrated article describes the 13 American Colonies in detail, from economics to religion to agriculture to revolution.
    Also includes a clickable map with links to individual descriptions of each colony and a list of the first European settlements in North America.'





  • Benjamin FRANKLIN : America Celebrates his 300th Birthday (PBS)
    - with a timeline and a teacher's guide








The Declaration of Independence :


  • HippoCampus
    brings "high-quality multimedia content provided by top educators
    Subjects :
    American Government
    - Biology - Environmental Science - Religion - US History...


  • America's Freedom Documents! (
    "Education World presents ten lesson plans for teaching about three important freedom documents
    - the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
    Included: Activities that involve students in creating time lines and posters, writing new amendments, and much more!"
  • A User's Guide to the Declaration of Independence (
    with a timeline / a glossary / issues :
    I. Race and the American Founding
    II. Property Rights and the American Founding
    III. Property Requirements for Voting and the American Founding
    IV. Immigration Restrictions and the American Founding...
    "Do you have a question about the Declaration of Independence or the American Founding? You can ask an expert from the Claremont Institute."






Related pages :

Slavery (civilization) :
History - Photos and Posters - Vocabulary -
Activities -
Lesson plans
Webquests - Stories -
Animations / Videos
- Songs - Cinema

+ Slavery (History)





The Pony Express

  • XP Pony Express Home Station ( -
    "Ranked among the most remarkable feats to come out of the 1860 American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, Missouri, and San Francisco, California."
    Riders - History - Museums - Statues - Stations - NPEA - Pony Tales - QUIZ - etc...




America in Color from 1939-1943 :







Related pages :

MORMONS (civilization)


  • The Mormons (PBS)
    - Watch the trailer
    - Check back on Monday, April 30 (2007) :
    • An interactive map on the Mormons' westward trek;
    • Profiles of key people and events in Mormon history;
    • The extended interviews with leaders and members of the church,leading writers and historians, and supporters and critics;
    • Teachers Guides on Mormon history and the issues of religion,politics and the separation of church and state...


  • Brigham Young Leads the Mormons West
    "An illustrated information sheet about the westward journey of the Mormons to Salt Lake Valley under the leadership of Brigham Young. Includes differentiated activities."

    (History on the Net)



  • Memorable Utah Events
    "A poster produced in 1943 to show the most memorable events in the history of Utah."
    (History on the Net)







Related pages :

Immigration (civilization) - Immigration (history) - Ellis Island


  • End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first' - with pictures - 21 April 2018
    "When he promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, Donald Trump drew on a slogan with a long and sinister history – a sign of what was to follow in his presidency"


  • From burning cars to barren blocks: 20 years chasing the great American dream – in pictures
    "Mike O’Meally moved to the US in 1998 intending to photograph skateboarders but became fascinated by the idea of the great America dream – especially after the events of 9/11. Over the course of 20 years he used his camera to capture the state of a society ‘once loved and respected’. ‘Hope springs eternal that the Land of the Free will remain the Home of the Brave,’ he says..."


  • Searching for the American Dream - 16 February 2015
    "This week the New York Times reported that only 64 percent of the public still believe in the American Dream, which they defined as a faith that “hard work could result in riches.” But the reports of the death of the American Dream are premature. The Dream has evolved and changed over time just as the nation has changed. At each critical juncture as we have evolved from an agrarian, to an industrial, to a knowledge economy, how we define the American Dream has changed with us."


  • The "American dream" "has powered the hopes and aspirations of Americans for generations..." 

  • In pictures: Looking for America
    "An exhibition at the Cardiff International Festival of Photography brings together more than 30 photographers exploring the American dream."


  • Rihanna - American Oxygen (YouTube) + LYRICS:
    "Oh say can you see, this is the American Dream
    Young girl, hustlin'
    On the other side of the ocean
    You can be anything at all..."


    How 'Born in the U.S.A.' Inspired Rihanna's 'American Oxygen'




  • American Dream
    "Une séquence sur les différentes facettes du "rêve américain", perçu à travers des films, des chansons et des poèmes."
    (Pascale Catoire - Ac. Orléans-Tours)
  • American dream (Wikipedia) :
    1 History of the American dream
    2 A time of plenty
    3 The American dream today
    4 Criticism of the American dream...
  • What is the American Dream? (history) :
    A. Values and Ideals
    B. Why is understanding what the American dream is important?
    C. How has the dream, our ideological roots, been created?
    D. Mayflower Compact - 1620
    E. John Locke - English Enlightenment Thinker (1600's)
  • America , a song by Neil Diamond (The American Dream)






The Great Depression :

  • Rare Color Photos from The Great Depression
    They "were compiled by the Farm Services Administration from 1939 and 1944...
    All told, there are some 1,600 pictures which are now available online thanks to the Library of Congress.
    The photos, which depict small town life, industry and recreational activities during the Great Depression included in a 2006 exhibit "Bound for Glory: America in Color."




The Suffragettes :

History - Activities - Webquests - Songs - Cinema


Related pages :

Suffragettes (GB)


History :

  • The War on Women, Waged in Postcards
    "It took 80 years of protests and campaigning before women achieved the right to vote in the United States, and it finally happened in 1920..."




Activities :

  • Image Detective
    "Read an image closely. Think critically about turn of the century America....
    Use this exercise to build students' skills in analyzing historical documents...
    Choose a picture to start :
    Immigration / Growing Cities / Industrialization / The West / Leisure and Amusement / Progressive Reform / Women and Suffrage / Children / World War I
    Method :
    Pose a question - Gather clues - Get background info - Draw a conclusion - See what others think



Webquests :

Songs :

Cinema :



Life in the 1970s and '80s :

  • American History: Life in the 1970s and '80s + SCRIPT
    "Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."







The Year of the Hippie :

  • Summer of Love (PBS)
    "a striking picture of San Francisco during the summer of 1967
    - from the utopian beginnings, when peace and love prevailed, to the chaos, unsanitary conditions, and widespread drug use that ultimately signaled the end.
    Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco examine the social and cultural forces that sparked the mass migration."
  • The Year of the Hippie (PBS)
    "They were called junior-grade Hipsters - "hippies" for short.
    This new group embraced a non-traditional lifestyle and moved into the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in record numbers.
    Watch videos from 1966 and 1967 - the year of the hippie."

  • Teacher's Guide (PBS)
    (American Experience)




Events in 2003 :

  • 2003 Month-By-Month -
    "Highlights of key events of the year, organized month by month, in three categories for easy reference."








Related pages :

Ads (civilization) - Ads (vocabulary and activities)






The Amish


Related pages :

AMISH (civilization)





Washington, DC


Related pages :

WASHINGTON, DC - Presidents' Day





New York


Related pages :

Ellis Island - Immigration (history) - September 11, 2001 -
New York (civilization) - New York (geography)
'Let's go to New York City'



  • Around The Big Apple
    "A series of citations, quotations, and evidence on the true origins of a New York City nickname, with additional material on other words
    and terms associated with the city."

    NY Historical Society's exhibit on the years before NY abolition in 1827.
    "The Education section provides materials written for middle school children that include
    a teacher's guide, informational articles, fact sheet, glossary, photo cards, life stories, and more."
    (Education World)







Wars with American Involvement


Related pages :

The Vietnam War - Iraq War - War in Afghanistan - War



  • The Price of Freedom : Americans at War
    "a Smithsonian multimedia interactive on each war in United States’ history.
    Videos (with transcript) , images and text are included."



  • Guerre du côté américain : propagande et affiches de guerre - 'War on the American side'
    Séquence / Séances / Documents et ressources
    "Le but de cette séquence est d'étudier quelques temps forts de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, vus du côté américain et d'étudier la propagande à travers des affiches de guerre. Le lien avec les contenus culturels du programme du palier 2 " l'ici et l'ailleurs " est clair : une histoire partagée ici et là-bas, des deux côtés de l'Atlantique (WWII). Objectif : considérer cet événement historique du point de vue de l'autre, percevoir les caractéristiques culturelles d'un peuple au travers d'un événement vécu conjointement, mesurer ainsi les différences, les ressemblances, les singularités des uns et des autres.
    Travail transdisciplinaire anglais/histoire-géographie/B2I qui s'inscrit parfaitement dans la sensibilisation à la DNL qui sera ensuite enseignée en lycée."

  • I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag , a song by Country Joe McDonald and the Fish (
    "This is a satire of US government attitudes toward the Vietnam War."
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American frontiers - Ghosts of the past - New perspectives on the West - Listening - Quiz -

Buffalo BILL - Kit CARSON
- Billy the Kid


Related pages :

The Gold Rush - Jesse JAMES


    "Explore major events in America's westward expansion."

  • Kit Carson
    "To some, he was one of America's greatest heroes: a brave and loyal guide who laid out a path for the westward-moving nation, an Indian tracker who
    could follow any trail, and a fearless warrior featured in dozens of best-selling novels. But to others, Christopher "Kit" Carson was a villain who waged a merciless crusade against Native Americans. In the end, his contradictions would define his legacy - and tell the true story of how the West was won."


    Kit Carson (1809-1868)
    He "was an American frontiersman."

  • Buffalo Bill
    "In 1886, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show played to over one million people in New York city. It was one of the most elaborate shows on earth: there
    were cowboys and Indians, sharp shooters including the famed Annie Oakley, hundreds of horses, buffalo, elk and donkeys, and more than two hundred
    cast members, all moving about in a sweeping western landscape of mountains and plains. Soon after the show's stunning success in New York, it would go on to dazzle crowds in London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona, cementing the legend of the Wild West in the minds of people around the globe. Behind the extravaganza was one man -- a meager plainsman turned international celebrity and frontier hero, whose meteoric rise to fame was made possible only by his genius, and his hucksterism. His name was William Cody,better known to the world as Buffalo Bill."


    Buffalo Bill (1846-1917)
    He "was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman."

  • Billy the Kid : Video + Interactive game : Hangman
    Activity created by Renée Maufroid.




  • Ghosts of the Past.... - Analyzing the Wild, Wild West (
    "You must learn about the times and historical figures of the "Wild West" in American history, and then choose a character that you find especially interesting to research further. You will write a short paper about your character and then use this person as the basis for your presentation..."



The Alamo :


  • The Alamo (
    "Letters home and first-hand battle accounts written by members of the Alamo garrison can be found in In Their Own Words.
    Just for Kids is a collection of online Alamo games, such as word search and sliding puzzles.
    History Hunt is a fill-in-the-blank quiz found in Educational Resources/Visiting the Alamo.
    The Battle recounts history, with a chronology, a page about The Defenders, and a section exploding Myths and Misconceptions." (




  • American History: Life in the 1950s - with audio + script
    "It was a time of Cold War, but also the music of Elvis, the movies of James Dean and the poetry of the Beat Generation" | THE MAKING OF A NATION