Primary Sources Related to Postcolonial Studies

(Many of these sites--listed in chronological order--are from the book Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History. This book is a MUST for all teachers of history and literature. Kathleen Craver has added awesome discussion questions and activities to go along with each of these websites.)

1492--An Ongoing Voyage: This site is an exhibit of the Library of Congress. It includes many primary sources such as original maps, manuscripts, diary entries, drawings, and photographs. The site also talks about what life was like in Europe, Africa, and the Americas both before and after Columbus. The site is set up in six areas which are: "What Came to be Called America", "The Mediterranian World", "Christopher Columbus: Man and Myth", "Inventing America", "Europe Claims America", and "Epilogue".

Extracts from Christopher Columbus' Journal: This site is entries from Columbus' journal during August-October of 1492. Reading this journal helps us to see Columbus' humanity despite our personal view on his exploits.

Vasco De Gama: Round Africa to India: This site is just a section of a much larger resource. Dr. some Halsall of Fordham University has created a website that is filled with primary sources that are open to public domain. He has entered them in an easy-to-read format for student access. He has his website sorted by Ancient, Medieval, and Modern. This particular site contains excerpts from the log of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer, during his voyage from Portugal to India.

Letter from Lope De Aguirre, Rebel, to King Philip of Spain: Lope de Aguirre was an explorer with a thirst for gold. His expiditions led him all over South America. This is a letter from him to King Philip. It tells much about the character of this conquistadore.

United States Gazettes, Newspapers (1600-1900): This site includes the full texts from colonial newspapers. There are several articles about slavery. An excellent resource for student websearch.

Liberalism: This site contains several texts by such people as Malthus, de Tocqueville, and von Metternich. Interesting to compare the concept of Liberalism--freedom, equality, and opportunity--with the facts of Colonialism.

Native American History Archive: This site is designed for students in K-12 classrooms who are using the Web for classroom projects. There are links to over 25 tribes so far and the site is still increasing.

Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices from the Rare Book, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library: This site includes scanned pictures or actual manuscripts as well as current dialogues about their relevance in history and the present.

Internet Archive of Texts and Documents: The principal goal of the Archive is to make primary texts and secondary sources on the internet available to students and faculty for use in history and humanity classes.

American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress: American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

Confessions of Nat Turner: This site provides an on-line text of The Confessions of Nat Turner (1800-1831).

Valley of the Shadow: This site is a digital history project about the American Civil War. The site includes teaching materials.

Sectional Conflict, African American Women: This site is part of the special collections library at Duke University. There are several online archives of letters, etc. as well as biographies of African American women.

Native American Documents Project: This site includes published reports from the bureau of Indian affairs, tables about the results of allotment, and over 110 indexed documents from the 19th century.

The White Man's Burden and its Critics: This site is part of the Anti-Imperialism in the United States website. It gives an online text of Rudyard Kipling's "The White Man's Burden".

Appeal to the League of Nations by Haile Selassie: This is an online text of an appeal made to the League of Nations in 1936 by Haile Selassie who was the emporor of Ethiopia.

Crime, Justice and Race in South Africa: Providing access to Internet resources on the South African police and on crime in South Africa, this web site is also a resource on the South African criminal justice system as a whole, as well as government, news, general information, history, and human rights.

Widnet--Statistics--Africa: Women In Development Network: This site provides information on population, health, education, labor and power ofAfrican women.

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