Page last updated: Feb 22nd, 2017
Wars and Military History
- African American Odyssey - Explores black America's quest for equality from the early national period through the 20th century.
- Battle of the Bulge Timeline - Key events which took place in northern France over the course of December 16, 1944, to January 18, 1945, as told through the daily situation maps.
- Civil War @ Smithsonian - An extraordinary array of Civil War artifacts in nearly a dozen of its museums and archives; also includes a timeline.
- Civil War: The Nation Moves Towards War, 1850-61 - In the 1850's, the conflict over slavery brought the United States to the brink of destruction. See items from the Library of Congress.
- Civil War Timeline - See how the war unfolds, from the first slave to present day.
- Gettysburg Address - President Abraham Lincoln's short address is one of the most eloquent speeches in American History; explore this interactive document.
- Gettysburg Address - Library of Congress - Read a transcript of this famous speech and view the only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg.
- Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945) - Timeline covers the Great Depression, arts and entertainment, the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, labor unions, race relations and World War II.
- Letter Writing in America - Explores the place of letter writing in American history.
- On the Homefront - America During World War I and World War II - Activities about homefront contributions during both wars including volunteering, conserving and patriotic support.
- Price of Freedom: Americans at War - Learn how wars have shaped the nation’s history and transformed American society; highlights the service and sacrifice of generations of American men and women.
- Spanish-American War: The United States Becomes a World Power - Spanish-American War lasted only about ten weeks in 1898 and had far-reaching effects for both the United States and Spain.
- U.S. Rationing During World War II - Learn about wartime shortages, conservation and the “home front ammunition” of foodstuffs by doing this activity. (Flash required)
- Veterans’ Stories - Struggles for Participation - Women and people of color have served the nation in times war. However, women, African Americans, Hispanic and Asian Americans had to struggle to achieve full recognition from, the U.S. armed forces.
- Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers and Broadcasters of World War II - Eight women who succeeded in "coming to the front" during the war by securing a place for themselves in the workplace, newsroom, and battlefield.
- World War II Aviation - See planes from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.