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American Government Resources

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Legislative Branch

The American Presidency--Information is grouped for 3 grade levels (3-6), (5-adult), (6-adult). Also includes video and audio clips. 
Presidential Libraries
--Take an inside look at the administrations of some of America's chief executives. 
The White House--Tour the home of America's First Family. 
Presidents of the United States
--A conplete guide to the American presidents containing information about their life and their accomplishments both in office and out of office. 
Watergate-25 Years Later
--The Washington Post commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of its most famous story.



  • USDA Economics and Statistics--The USDA Economics and Statistics System contains nearly 300 reports from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, covering U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. 
    Bureau of the Census
    --The home of the nation's statistical information. 
    National Institute of Standards and Technology--The NIST works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards. 
    Patent and Trademark Office
    --Contains information regarding both patents and trademarks promoting an understanding of intellectual property protection. 
    Administration for Children and Families
    --Promoting the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. 
    Social Security Administration
    --Social Security Online is the official Web site of the Social Security Administration. 
    Federal Bureau of Investigation--Examine all aspects of the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. Don't miss the 10 most wanted fugitives!! 
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
    --Examine the most current labor statistics in the United States. (Searchable) 
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    --Your guide to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) who's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. 
    Federal Aviation Administration
    --A world wide resource that provides information on all aspects of aviation in the United States. 
    IRS Digital Daily--Provides broad and immediate access to IRS tax information and services 
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    --A world wide resource that provides information on VA programs, veterans benefits, and VA facilities worldwide.

    Legislative Branch

    Congressional Email Directory--All Americans should be in contact with their elected officials. This directory makes it easy. You can also view the home pages of the Congressmen. 
    Congress Link
    --Offers lesson plans and information about the U.S. Congress and how it works. 
    General Accounting Office 
    --The General Accounting Office is the investigative arm of Congress. Charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and disbursement of public funds, GAO performs audits and evaluations of Government programs and activities. 
    Government Printing Office
    --The Government Printing Office (GPO) prints, binds, and distributes the publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government. 
    Library of Congress
    --Your guide to the vast resources of America's largest and most unique library. Search the nation's library without leaving your desk. Visit some of the unique exhibits. 
    Thomas Legislative Information (US Congress Internet site)
    --Provides Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public including congress, bills, committees, historical documents and the legislative process. 
    U.S. House of Representatives--Legislative information as well as information about Members, Committees, and Organizations of the House and to other U.S. government information resources. 
    U.S. Senate
    --Provides information from and about the members of the Senate, Senate Committees, and Senate leadership and support offices. This evolving service also provides general background information about U.S. Senate legislative procedures, Senate facilities in the U.S. Capitol, and the history of the Senate.

    Judical Branch
    Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts--Serves as a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. 
    Supreme Court Decisions
    --Decisions of the US Supreme Court from 1937 to the present. (Searchable) 
    Supreme Court Justices
    --Your guide to the present US Supreme Court Justices. 
    Oyez-Supreme Court Resource
     and US Supreme Court Online--Two complete guides to the United States Supreme Court.

    Federal Government Information Sources

    Federal Government Agencies on the Internet--A complete guide to the U.S. Federal Government Agencies on the Internet. 
    FedWORLD Information Service
    -- FedWorld provides a comprehensive central access point for locating and acquiring government information. 
    Project Legal
    --An online activity designed to aid student learning of the American legal system. 

    Law and Legal Information

    Cornell Law Information--Serves in the dissemination of legal information via the Internet. Criminal Justice Reference Service--The National Institute for Justice serving as a national and international clearinghouse for the exchange of information in the criminal justice area 
    Emory University Law Library Electronic Reference Desk--Search all the resources of the Emory Law Library for all types of legal information (by country, subject, career information, etc.) 
    WWW Virtual Library Law Collection
    --A useful collection of links to law on the Web (state, federal and international). (Searchable) 
    Legal Directory of Attorneys and Firms
    --Need a good attorney? Here's a free service making it easy to locate information about law firms, government offices, corporate law offices and lawyers in the United States and Canada. 
    Our Documents
    --Provides links to 100+ important US documents in their original, hand-written form; the site also includes tips for teachers and library media specialists for use of these items in the curriculum and links to more information about the history and contents of the documents. 
    U.S. Code
    --Examine and search the complete US Code.

    Political Parties

    Democratic National Party and Republican National Party--Visit the official sites of the two major US political parties.

    Newspapers and Periodicals

    CNN/Time All Politics--Current political news from CNN and Time.
    National Political Index--Up-to-the-minute coverage of the US political scene utilizing several noted resources.
    Project Vote Smart--Your one-stop shopping center for political information featuring factual information on elections and political leaders.

    Iowa State Government

    Code of Iowa--The laws of Iowa--completely searchable. Most recent update!!
    Iowa Civil Right's Commission--An excellent source of civil rights information (quizzes, publications, information on civil rights law). Updated weekly.
    Iowa General Assembly--Iowa's lawmaking authority.
    State of Iowa--A link to all aspects of Iowa state government.

  • American History Sites

  • 1492 Exhibit--What was life like in 1492? This exhibit examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600.
    20 Century America--Features links to some of the most monumental events in U.S. history-the Korean War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the Gulf War.
    20th Century Decade Links--Here's some neat resources about the 20th century.
    Afro-American Almanac--An Internet resource for Afro-American History.
    American Cultural History--Provides interesting and entertaining information about each decade in the 20th Century.
    American History on the Web--A comprehensive listing of Internet resources for American History.
    America's Library--Take a look at America's story with highlights from the Library of Congress. Focus is on the grade school level.
    Abraham Lincoln Online--Just who is the 16th president anyway? Visit this resource to find out.
    American Civil War--Links to the most useful identified electronic files about the American Civil War (1861-1865)
    American Memory--Primary source and archival materials relating to American culture and history.
    Civil War Miniature--Contains 36 chapters of information covering every facet of the War.
    Cyndi's Genealogy Sites--One of the most comprehensive listing of genealogy sites on the web.
    Digital History--A comprehensive resource for teachers and students using technology to enhance the study of history.
    Education Calender and Sites--Offers a monthly calender of Web links based on historical events.
    Eye Witness to History--Study first-hand accounts of famous historical events from the Civil War to the present.
    Fight for Equal Rights--An online lesson devoted to the fight for equal rights: Black Civil War Soldiers.
    History and Politics Outloud--Turn your browser into a virtual time machine--here is a site that provides a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials.
    History Matters--Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history.
    History in a Song--Offers lyrics and music to several historically significant songs.
    Indianz--Bring your Native American studies up to date with the latest news, entertainment guides and links about Native American Culture.
    Lewis and Clark Online--A complete collection of teaching materials and resouces on the historic journey of Lewis and Clark.
    Life in Colonial Williamsburg--Learn first-hand about everyday life in Colonial times.
    My Story: Pearl Harbor and Remembering Pearl Harbor--Two sites that introduce students to the momentous event of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
    National Archives--Provides access to some of the great treasures of American history.
    National Register of Historic Places--The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
    Old West Page--The Old West of this page is defined loosely as the legend and reality of 19th Century America west of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and anything and anybody associated with it, past and present.
    The Real 13 Days--Students can read the full text of declassified documents, see the U-2 spyplane photos, and listen to recordings of the White House security briefings.
    Salem Witch Museum--Visit the Salem Witch Museum and learn all about the famous Salem Witch Trials.
    Spy Letters of the American Revolution--Features scanned images of original documents along with transcriptions and background of Revolutionary spies.
    The Underground Railroad--Access project updates, current exhibits, biographies and informatin pretaining to the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery in America.
    US GenWeb Project--Provides Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
    US Historical Documents--Provides direct online access to the essential documents that define our democratic society from pre-Colonial era through the present..
    US Holocaust Memorial Museum--America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
    US Trek--Follow the journey of an 8 member team as they trek through US History and bring back dispatches, with photos and video, to the classroom.
    You Be the Historian--An innovative look at how Historians study the everyday lives of people who lived in the past by looking at clues to detmine how they lived.

    World History Sites

    Chronology of Russian History--This page dates the major (and some not so major) events in Russian history and links them with explanatory and related materials on the Web.
    Dead Sea Scrolls--Scrolls From the Dead Sea brings before the American people a selection from the scrolls which have been the subject of intense public interest.
    Holocaust Cybrary--Offers one of the largest on-line collection of information on the Holocaust; extensively cross-linked and easily searchable.
    Holocaust Research Resources--Information about the Holocaust for students and teachers.
    HyperHistory--A visual overview of history (events, individuals and trends) using color-coded timelines from 1,000 BC to the present.
    Odin's Castle of Dreams & Legends--An archive of history and historical resources from the dawn of man to present times.
    Pyramids: The Inside Story--Have you ever dreamed of exploring the pyramids of Egypt? If so, enter here.
    Seven Wonders of the Ancient World--A detailed guide with images, information, speculation, and extensive historical data on the Seven Wonders, plus links to other archaeological resources.

    History Teacher Sites