Interactive American History

Here are some interactive sites to learn more about American History

Fold 3 - The Arizona Memorial -  A date that remains imprinted in the collective memory of most Americans is the provocative Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the tremendous death toll of unsuspecting sailors. One of the biggest disasters from that attack was the USS Arizona, a Pennsylvania-class Navy battleship. It exploded and sank into the Harbor. Unlike other ships in Pearl Harbor, the Arizona couldn’t be salvaged, but today there is a USS Arizona Memorial that straddles the hull and stands as a reminder of all who died there that day on December 7th, 1941.

WWII Hero pages - Fold3 also offers you the ability to build your own personal memorial page for a family member that might have passed away in the line of duty. It doesn’t have to be World War II, the Hero Pages and memorial walls are available for any soldier that died while serving their country.

Military Records and Photos - Fold3 section where you can find all kinds of historic military photos. Just use the search field on the main page to hunt for images related to the aircraft, operation or specific war theater that you’re researching.

Eyewitness Exhibits - From the National Archives, these are personal, historic photos that present famous events and eras throughout history in a very human way. The photos will show you candid and sometimes extremely emotional images that you just don’t find in the history books.

Digital History Timeline Map - It is an interactive American history map where you can slide the timeline control to the right and watch as historic events show up on the map, and slowly spread East to West through the land over time. It is a way of showing the progression of history by looking at history by location rather than just date.

Lincoln Archives - The historic maps that you’ll find on this site are amazingly detailed, and the site lets you zoom right into specific areas to examine very fine details. You’ll also find lesson plans for classes, old newspapers and photographs and even old political cartoons.

Salem Witchcraft Accusation History - As you click along the timeline at the bottom of the screen, specific accusations pop up on the map, with the location on the map of both the accuser as well as the accused. If you click the play button, you’ll see just how rampant the accusations became in just a short period of time.

Interactive Evolution of the States - This site offers map tools for every single U.S. state. You can use the tool to watch the progression of European settlement, and the segmentation of each state into county lines over the course of time.