Skip to comments.What would be some good online (non-revisionist) U.S. History sources? (VANITY)
Posted on 07/29/2012 6:33:45 PM PDT by Windcatcher
Someone I know is going to be working as a teacher's assistant in a high-school U.S. History class. She is wondering if there are some good online sources that she can use that haven't been twisted by people with a leftist agenda. Would anyone be able to point me to some?
Look at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. It’s all there. ISI.org
Mr. Bedford is the first person who came to mind. His Civil War posts are always interesting & informative.
No reason to not go directly to the original sources.
The Articles of Confederation
The Declaration of Independence
Anything about William Penn
Anything about The Scottish Enlightenment
There are tons of OLD sources.
(One of my sons used to work there.)
not wikipedia, not National Geographic, not the History Channel thats for shur
not wikipedia, not National Geographic, not the History Channel thats for shur
Get an old Encyclopedia Britannica, maybe before 1985. Then get an even older one say 1920. Study everything you can find about Americans and American History. In my experience the British of that era give a much more accurate account of America.
Of course you will need something else for modern history.
And for textbooks don’t forget “A Patriot’s History of the United States, by our own FREEPER, LS. My son is taking US
History next year (11th grade); I will help pay for a new laptop for him if he reads the entire book very thoroughly.
Victor Davis Hanson for military and Classical history. Try the webpage of the Hudson Institute for other subjects.
Also City-Journal.org. You can browse by author and most of them have published something.
I know you want online but there is no reason you can’t read those old encyclopedias plus a lot of people will give them away or sell low.
Straight from the participants. Fascinating reading.
#9 is one that should be at the top of the list!
Hear hear! Larry Schweikart is a freeper and did an outstanding job on this book.
Larry Schweikert - Sorry
someone should ping him
Most folks alive today, including many professors of history, have never even heard of St. George Tucker and his work. The revisionists have virtually erased him and if you read his work you will readily see why.
You cannot beat this and you will be surprised:
Just one of a “ton of old sources”: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, Alexis de Tocqueville. Your recommendations are spot on.
I just provided this link in another post but it should be useful to you as well, see #8.Explaining Your Beliefs in an Academic Sphere: Scholarly Sources
A Patriots History of the United States: From Columbus Great Discovery to the War on Terror
We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future
The American Classic Series by Andrew Allison on many of the first Presidents.
American History & Life and Historical Abstracts are available through EBSCO, a subscription database that can be accessed through academic and many public libraries. Some libraries will allow you to access such databases from home if you have a library card.
Other subscription databases that might be useful are The American Civil War Letters and Diaries and Proquest's historical newspapers. Several universities and large public libraries subscribe to some of these newspapers. My Palos Verdes public library card allows me to access the Los Angeles Times from the beginning to the present in the form of PDF articles. Other libraries carry the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and other papers. A list of databases available to patrons of the Los Angeles Public Library is available here Many other large public libraries subscribe to these databases.
Another good collection of online historical resources can be found at the American Memory website maintained by the Library of Congress, available here.
I hope you find my suggestions useful.
Another addition to this list: The Politically Incorrect Guides, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer
I just revisited the Wall Builders website.
It is a smorgasbord of everything in U.S History, especially of the Founding Era and even more recent.
Check it out.
For course materials which are based on the founding documents and ideas, visit "Constituting America," the organization Janine Turner is associated with, or "Bill of Rights Institute". Both provide course materials online, as well as contests, materials, etc. for use in the home and school.
Also recommend a 292-page book entitled, "Our Ageless Constitution," published in the Bicentennial Year of the Constitution, 1987, and recently reprinted which traces ideas and principles underlying the Declaration of Independence and Constitution in an easy-to-read, illustrated format, using the Founders' own words. In Part V of that volume, constitutional scholars traced, one-by-one, the methods by which we have strayed from the Founders' principles. It includes many copies of original writings and a "Notable Quotations" section, alphabetized by subject matter.
For a book,I’d go with Paul Johnson’s “A History of the American People”.
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go to a master historian who loves this country
go to Amazon and put in ‘Newt Gingrich” - a plethors of history books on our country - and they are REAL history
Thanks for the links. I lost my copy of the Federalist Papers. Great web site.
Thank you! Great Thread. BFL
Yes, it is. I use it often. Lots of classic literature available. Much of it in HTML format with images from book.
Great source - thanks for the link!
In addition to our already mentioned “Patriot’s History of the United States,” see our companion volume, “A Patriot’s History Reader’” which contains some 60 documents in American history, including a few important but not obvious, documents.
< p> By the way, in October the first volume of our two volume series, “A Patriot’s History of the Modern World,” will come out.
wow. this is a great thread with terrific links. thank you!
Send a Private FreeP Mail to LS. He is the resident Freep Historian.
Might I also mention that any source that doesn’t give due credit to John Locke isn’t worth wasting time with.
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Uh, Marco! ;')
"In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage" by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr.
I’m a big fan of:
(1) Primary source documents. This includes the book “Eyewitness to America”, the classic documents listed by others in this thread, and similar.
(2) I would never buy anything by Zinn, but I used “A People’s History Of The United States” by Howard Zinn as a reference with each of my kids (since their history teacher used it) and addressed Zinn’s points one by one. It’s important to deal with communist thought, since they will eventually encounter it, and they need to understand it. I didn’t want my kids supporting evil or even repeating the stupid mantra that “communism is good in theory but”. They need to know why communism is evil, and all of my kids firmly believe in freedom over collectivism.
The Avalon Project is a collection of historical texts and documents provided by the Yale Law School.
American Memory is a Library of Congress project. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation provides the journals, reports, and records of Congress from 1774 to 1875 in a searchable data base.
None of these are strictly speaking "conservative" sites, but if you or your child ever has to do research they are invaluable (at least until the colleges start tampering with the documents).
The Library of Congress and the University of Virginia both host the searchable papers of our early Presidents. I don't know if they're including all the papers or just those they own themselves.
Lincoln's papers are available at the Library of Congress and at the University of Michigan. The University of Illinois provides the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.
Now some explicitly conservative sites:
The Constitution Society (Constitution.org) provides another collection of essential documents.
Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty does the same from a more libertarian point of view (There's more libertarian stuff at the Independent Institute).
The Claremont Institute puts out a journal and papers on political and historical topics.
The National Humanities Institute (not to be confused with the National Endowment for the Humanities) also publishes a journal, something like what ISI does, but I don't think they've been very active lately.
Commentary and First Things and The Weekly Standard also publish articles on history sometimes.
Back in the 70’s my folks had an Encyclopedia set from the 30’s. I had to do a report on the moon. So I went to the trusty M volume and learned that the moon just MIGHT be made of green cheese!
Mom took me to the library to find a bit more updated sources.
That’s the place I have heard about. Lots of great info on this thread.
I assume you are kidding but some of the old versions of Britannica are still thought of highly. Of course I would not recommend a 1909 version for technology.
I would recommend any of them printed before say 1980 for historical accuracy.
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