America and History, First Panel, U. S. Capitol Building Frieze
America and History, First Panel, U. S. Capitol Building Frieze

Digital Textbooks (United States History)


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See Open Textbook Library from the Open Textbook Network and Open Stax College, Rice University

Digital History
  • Maintained by the College of Education, University of Houston
  • Organized around 20 separate eras with an overview and more detailed textbook-style descriptions
  • Separate sections on primary sources, important people, music and film, and historical investigations
  • No ads on the pages

U.S. History: Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium
  • from USHistory.org, Independence Hall Association, Philadelphia
  • Online textbook with 60 chapters, each with 5 to 9 subsections
  • Subsections have links to web resources, photos and maps, brief primary sources
  • Has banner ads on the side of the page

The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook, 2015-2016 Edition

American Memory Timeline from the Library of Congress

America's Story from America's Library (Library of Congress)

U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian: Key Milestones

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: History by Era

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web by George Mason University
The Mayflower from "Bill Nye's History of the United States" (1894)
The Mayflower from "Bill Nye's History of the United States" (1894)


American Origins, 1600-1900 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian

e-History from The Ohio State University.

Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People's History

Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook

U.S. History Soucebook from the CK-12 Foundation


American History from Revolution to Reconstruction

North Carolina History: A Digital Textbook

15 Minute History, U Texas at Austin

Digital Textbooks (Art History)


SmartHistory from Khan Academy


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Researchers in Russia are uploading scans of the so-called Illustrated Chronicle of Ivan the Terrible (see image). The 10,000-page handwritten history book had been commissioned by the legendary Tsar for his children.

Digital Textbooks (World History)


The World History Project, from WikiBooks

Ancient Civilizations
  • from USHistory.org, Independence Hall Association, Philadelphia
  • Online textbook with 11 chapters, each with 5 to 9 subsections
  • Subsections have links to web resources, photos and maps, brief primary sources
  • Has banner ads on the side of the page

European History from Wikibooks

World Digital Library

Europeana- Europe's Digital Library

World History Matters from George Mason University. See also The World History Survey Course on the Web

See also, World History Online Resources from University of Pittsburg

Internet History Sourcebooks Project from Fordham University

Great Philosophers: Portraits from Oregon State University

World History for All of Us from San Diego State University

Teaching the Middle Eastfrom the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago


Digital Textbooks (American Government)


American Government
  • USHistory.org and the Independence Hall Association
  • 13 chapters each with 5 to 9 subsections
  • Subsections have links to web resources, photos and maps, brief primary sources
  • Has banner ads on the side of the page

American Government from the Florida Atlantic University Department of Political Science

American Government and Politics in the Information Age from Flat World Education


Digital Textbooks (Economics)


Basic Microeconomics and History of Economic Thought from Boise State University

National Priorities Project


Digital Textbooks (Geography)


Google Earth for Educators

The World Factbook from the Central Intelligence Agency

Country Studies from the Library of Congress and Department of the Army (published between 1986 and 1998)

Environmental Science in the 21st Century: A New Online Environmental Science Book for College Students, Robert Stewart, Texas A&M University.

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