Social Studies

Use the links on this page to research information for all of your Social Studies classes and interests at Mission High.

 Africa | American Democracy | Ancient World | Economics |Humanities| Law
Gateways |Geography | Middle East | Modern World History |Political Cartoons
South Asia
| United States History


Gateways

The Educator's Reference Desk: Social Studies
Resource Guides, Question Archives, Lesson Plans, and ERIC searches can all be accessed through this excellent gateway for Social Studies teachers and students.

Political Cartoons

The Library of Congress Learning Page: Political Cartoons
Famous cartoonists, online resources and more information about political cartoons.
Political Cartoons and Cartoonists: Jim Zwick
History of the 19th century in political cartoons.
Arts Work: Political Cartooning
Everything you would like to know about political cartoons

Geography

Altapedia Online
Atlapedia Online contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
About.com: Geography
This is a great site full of essential geographical information along with other resources and current news articles regarding the topic of geography.
World Atlas.com
Find answers to geography homework or map questions.

Bartleby.com: The World Factbook
The U.S. government’s complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data.
CIA World Factbook
Tons of information on every country in the world.
City Population
Population figures for the world's countries and cities.
Countries in Latin America and the Carribbean
Here is lots of information about countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It can also be searched in Spanish and English.
Digital Atlas of The United States by William A. Bowen
Maps and demographic information (statistics and/or data on people, places and things) for the United States, with a major section on California. Great graphics to stimulate geographic thinking!
50states.com
This site offers resources, including state symbols, flags, maps, representatives, songs, birds, flowers, trees, etc.
Geo Teacher
This site contains different sections designed for geography teachers, students, and their parents.
Guia del Mundo
Información actualizada sobre todos los países del planeta, con datos históricos que comienzan con la descripción de los primeros asentamientos humanos e incluyen los últimos datos disponibles. Datos geográficos, económicos y culturales que brindan una visión de contexto de cada territorio y cada pueblo. Y Análisis de los principales temas globales, abarcando el estado de la Tierra y los Pueblos, la Sociedad Humana, la Ciencia y la Tecnología, la Economía y las Relaciones Internacionales.
Library of Congress Country Studies
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations. The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text.
Microsoft TerraServer
TerraServer provides satellite images of just about anywhere on Earth.
National Geographic Expeditions
This is a great site for teachers and students. Here you can get maps and information plus lots more great geography links.
Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction
This site offers links for the five themes of geography and subjects under Earth Science.

Modern World History (Back to the top)

World History: Timeline
This site is a fantastic timeline of history covering 3000 years from many different viewpoints and subjects.
History Link 101
The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more.
Imperialism
This site covers the topic of Imperialism in all parts of the world. It links to many other sites.
Revolutionary Movements
Here are 115 links to articles about revolutions around the world.
Medieval Studies for K-12
This is a wonderful site for students and teachers about the Middle Ages.
Exploring Chinese History
This is a great site for students and teachers to study the history, politics and culture of China.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Takes a look at a number of civilizations of old, including Egypt and Rome.
A Thousand Years of History
Experience the people, events and achievements of the last 1,000 years.
Renaissance Secrets
Explore evidence and interpretation of history from a historian's point of view.
Life's Top 100 People
The top 100 people who shaped the last 1,000 years.
The Victorian Web
Politics, social issues, philosophy, religion, science, technology and culture of the Victorian Age.
The Smithsonian Human Origins Program
Exploration into what makes us human, as well as teh scientific knowledge and public awareness of human evolutionary history.
Middle Ages
Feudal life, religion, homes, clothing and more about the Middle Ages.
Journey Through the Renaissance
An animated journey through the culture of the Renaissance.
Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
A thorough history and cultural report on China.
The European Enlightenment
The philosophy, politics and economic issues of the Enlightenment in Europe.
PBS: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
A look at World War I and its consequences.
Industrialisation
A British site dedicated to the century of industrialization in England.
CNN: Cold War
Documentary of Cold War events.

South Asia (Back to the top)
SARAI: South Asia Resource Access on the Internet This is a collection of articles and papers and web resources dealing with South Asia (India, Pakistan, and surrounding countries.)
Africa (Back to the top)
Photographs of Africa - Contemporary / Historical
This is a site of primary source historical photographs. There are photographs from photo archives all over the world.
Africa South of the Sahara
This is a great source of information for countries in Africa. Every topic for Africa can be searched through this page from African studies, art to weather and women.
African Studies Center - University of Pennsylvania
This site offers a full scale Africa resource. There are country-specific pages, a link to a page of K-12 resources which include languages, environment, lesson plans and links to sites for African American studies.
Africa Photo File
This is a comprehensive photograph file on the Web of Africa. There are explanations of the photographs and the site can be searched.
African History - Primary Sources
These are primary source documents from the African National Congress.
African History and Environmental History
This is a good article for the relationship between environment and history in Africa. It refers to desertification and deforestation.
PBS Africa
For centuries, Africa has mesmerized the world with its stunning scenery, its ancient civilizations, its unique art, and hypnotizing music. This is your chance to experience the world's most fascinating continent. This rich site accompanies the PBS series Africa. Explore the regions of Africa from the Sahara south to Southern Africa. This site will provide a rich visual context for the study of African history or modern problems.
Ethnologue country index
This resource is a country index of all of the languages spoken in Africa.
Contemporary Conflicts in Africa
Using a hyperlinked map of Africa, students can click on a country and get reports on conflicts in that country, heads of state, aid organizations, country information, and news organizations.

Ancient World History (Back to the top)

A Gazatteer of the Roman World
This geographic resource to the ancient world of the Roman Empire provides over 500 pages, 354 photos, 168 drawings, 31 maps & plans. Some of the types of places covered are ancient roads, theatres and amphitheatres, bridges, cities, tombs, walls and arches located in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Middle East (Back to the top)

Management and Mismanagement of Diversity
This report discusses nationalism, resulting from internal ethnic issues, as a cause of most of the world conflicts since 1988. Although the focus is on the conflict in the Middle East, it offers a good explanation of issues surrounding nationalism.
Muslims-Culture, News and Issue Forums
This is an online resource guide to information about the major religion in the Middle East. It is organized by sub-topics and also by geography. Note the sections on History, News and Issues Concerning Muslims.
Camp David Accords -- Framework for Peace
This is an online exhibit of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library outlining the issues of conflict in the Middle East and Carter's efforts to find common ground around which to create peace.
Humanities (Back to the top)

VoS - Voice of the Shuttle
This is a fantastic site for Humanities resources and much much more. Here is a wide spectrum of reviewed links to minority contributions in American life. There is a section each for African-American, Latino, Pacific Islander, Asian, Jewish and Native American.
Human Rights Library
This is an excellent source of human rights documents in Spanish, English, French and Russian all over the world. There are also links to human rights search engines to reach more sites.
The AFU & Urban Legends Archive
"An urban legend:
*appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in varying forms contains elements of humor or horror (the horror often "punishes" someone who flouts society's conventions).
* makes good storytelling.
*does NOT have to be false, although most are. ULs often have a basis in fact, but it's their life after-the-fact (particularly in reference to the second and third points) that gives them particular interest."
Eyewitness: History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It
Take a look at major events in history through the eyes of eyewitnesses, using personal letters and essays.

United States History (Back to the top)

19th Century U.S. History Sites Online
This is a comprehensive listing of 19th century history sites. Search it by browsing the subjects.
African American Perspectives: Library of Congress/American Memory
Pamphletts from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection 1818-1907
American Experience:PBS
Includes an Archives
American Sweatshops

Between a rock and a hard place is a history of American sweatshops from 1920 to the present.
American Women
A treasure trove of resources from The Library of Congress on the history and culture of American women.
A Biography of America
This is the companion site to the video series and telecourse from PBS. There are 26 entry links from "New World Encounters" through to "Contemporary History."
Born in Slavery: Library of Congress/American Memory
Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1938
By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and other Baseball Highlights 1860s-1960s
Library of Congress:American Memory
Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887
Library of Congress: American Memory
Child Labor in America
This is a Library of Congress American Memory lesson complete with procedures, evaluation and extensions, and primary sources. It also has a section on child labor in the United States today. It is a fantastic unit on this subject.
From Slavery to Freedom: Library of Congress/American Memory
The African American Pamphlett Collection: 1824-1909
The History Channel
The History Channel is your guide through time.
National Archives and Records Administration
This is a National Archives and Records Administration site. Go to the index to find all it has to offer. There are primary sources, documents, and much more available here.
National Historic Landmarks Program
Discover historic landmarks protected by the National Park Service.
National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)
An interactive site that provides lots of information and activities. In particular, look at the page: History Explorer.
Online Archive of California
The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available. The OAC organizes images into thematic and institutional collections, such as historical topics, nature, places, and technology. Click on the featured images to learn more or go to the image search page.
Progressivism
This Biography of America site examines the U.S. in 1910. It looks at the struggles of ordinary people to reach the American dream, including Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans. The differences between the ideas of W.E.B DuBois and Booker T. Washington are subjects of discussion. There is a map showing America's largest cities, a transcript of the historical discussion on the video, and a webography.
Slavery Timeline
This is a history of slavery from 1619 until the end.
US History.org's Congress of Web Sites
This site features American history with a focus on Philadelphia during the Colonial years and the Revolutionary War.
Votes for Women: Library of Congress/American Memory
Selections from the National American Women's Suffrage Association, 1848-1921
Votes for Women: Suffrage Pictures: Library of Congress/American Memory
Selections from the National American Women's Suffrage Association, 1850-1920

American Democracy (Back to the top)

Ben's Guide: Grades 9-12
If you are looking for government information, this is the place. This site offers documents, branches of government, how laws are made, and much more.
Project Vote Smart
Research the issues before voting. This site offers a comprehensive list of links to information.
Opinion Pages
From this page you can searchthe most current opinions in editorials, columnists and of columnists from English language newspapers and magazines on the Web.
The Web Active Directory Topic Index
WebActive is a site designed to offer progressive activists an up-to-date resource on the World Wide Web to find other organizations and individuals with similar values and interests. WebActive is a project of RealNetworks, Inc.
U.S. Presidential Elections
This is a great site to find everything you would want to know about presidential elections. There are statistics, articles, issues, commentaries, etc. Take a look.
Federal Government Resources on the Web
From the University of Michigan's Document Center, find out anything you want to know about the government at this site.
First Gov
This is the official first step in finding information regarding the U.S. Government. It is the official government gateway for citizens, businesses and government.

Economics (Back to the top)
The Mint Home Page:
This is an integrated web site designed for middle and high school students, their teachers and parents by the National Council on Economic Education.
EconEdLink
A premier source of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students
MsTeensInvest
A financial site that teaches students the ins and outs of the stock market. Advice is offered on how to save money to invest, how to choose the right company to invest in, and how to read and analyze stock market results.
The World Bank Group
This site will help you find information about the institutions that comprise the World Bank Group: IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA and ICSID, learn about the Bank's strategies, policies, projects, products & services, and understand how the World Bank is organized through its members, management and organizational units.
Law (Back to the top)
Legal Information - Nolo
In this part of the Nolo Law for All site, you will find law centers that offer a wide selection of free information on everyday legal topics. Also there are links to statutes and cases that are perfect for members of Mission's Law Academy.

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