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Colonial U.S. History


American Architecture
This site presents a look at American Architecture during the eighteenth century, including the Capitol at Williamsburg, Drayton Hall, Faneuil Hall, Monticello, and Mount Vernon.

Archiving Early America
Archiving Early America contains a wealth of resources -- a unique array of primary source material from eighteenth Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on the screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago.

ASECS American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Established in 1969, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies advances study and research in the history of a time that has profoundly influenced our world. ASECS is a pioneer in interdisciplinary investigation, and it therefore welcomes as members those working in all areas of scholarly inquiry pertinent to eighteenth-century studies.

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
This is a searchable database of primary legal material mainly from American history, but including some Ancient and Medieval documents. Arranged into pre-eighteenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century sections.

The American Revolution
This provides information on the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. constitution.

A Century of Lawmaking
This site provides the records of the American legislative bodies from the Continental Congress in 1774 to 1783. Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress comprise a rich documentary history of the construction of the nation, the development of the federal government, and its role in the national life. These documents record American history in the words of those who built our government. Maintained by the Library of Congress.

Eighteenth Century Studies
This collection archives works of the eighteenth century from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period are kept here (in some cases, influential texts from before 1700 or after 1800 as well), along with modern criticism.

Franklin and His Friends
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, this site looks at American scientists in the eighteenth century. "Franklin & His Friends" presents portraits of men who, regardless of their actual vocation, shared a passion for science.

The French and Indian raid on Deerfield Massachusetts, 1704
This site provides background, genealogy and the events of the French and Indian attack on February 29, 1704.

The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison, housed at the University of Virginia, was established in 1956 to publish annotated volumes of the correspondence and writings of James Madison, the Virginia statesman remembered for his public service as "Father of the Constitution" and as fourth president of the United States.

The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington, a grant-funded project, was established in 1969 at the University of Virginia, under the joint auspices of the University and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, to publish a comprehensive edition of Washington's correspondence.

Religion and the Founding of the Republic
Encompassing over 200 objects including early American books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings, artifacts, and music from the Library of Congress’ collections and complemented by loans from other institutions. Religion and the Founding of the American Republic explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic.

Salem Witch Trials
This site by the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center offers a look at the text of the Salem Witchcraft Papers.

The Society of Colonial Wars
This site provides a timeline on Connecticut’s colonial history and links on various individuals and events. This is a production of The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut.

White Oak Society
This site provides a guide on fur trading in America during the eighteenth century.