Web Resources for American Legal History
Mark E. Steiner
South Texas College of Law

Civil War Era Colonial America
 Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Primary Documents
Revolutionary Era
New Deal and  WW II
Texas  U. S. Supreme  Court

General (return to top)
    American Legal History Research Guide (University of Chicago)   

    American Memory (Library of Congress)

    A Biography of America

    Digital History

    Famous Trials

    History and Politics Out Loud

    History Matters: The U.S. History Survey Course on the Web

    History Now: American History Online

    H-Law (American Society for Legal History)

    Law and History Review

    National Portrait Gallery

    Reader's Companion to American History

    What is its Relative Value? (Economic History Services)(answers the question: how much would that be worth in today's dollars?)

Primary Documents (return to top)

    A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates (Library of Congress)

    American Legal History (Russell)

American On-line Sources for Legal History (University of Chicago)

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

    The Authentic History Center: Primary Sources from American Popular Culture

    Documenting the American South

    Historical Violence Database

    Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties

    Making of America (19th Century books and journals)

    Religious Liberty Archive

    St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project

    State Constitutions Project

    Tax History Project

Colonial America (return to top)

    Colonial Williamsburg
    Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early  American  Life

    Mayflower History

    Native American Voices

    Plimoth Plantation

    Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress)
    Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witchcraft Hysteria

Revolution and Early Republic (return to top)

A Century of Lawmaking for the New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documemts and Debates 1774-1873 (Library of Congress)

    A User's Guide to the Declaration of Independence

    David Hoffman and the Science of Jurisprudence

    Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents (Library of Congress)

    Federalist Papers

    The Founders' Constitution

    The Hayne-Webster Debate

    Thomas Jefferson (Library of Congress)

    Madison's Notes on the Debates in the Federal Convention

    Madison's Treasures (Library of Congress)

    Slavery and the Ratification of the Constitution

    Tales of the Early Republic

    To Form a More Perfect Union: Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (Library of Congress)

Slavery (return to top)

    African American Odyssey (Library of Congress)
    African American Voices  

Africans in America: 1450-1865

    Amistad:  The Federal Courts and the Challenge to Slavery

    The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

    Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project (Library of Congress)

The Dred Scott Case

    Freedmen and Southern Society Project

    Freedom Suits Case Files (St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project)

    Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

    Images of African Americans from the 19th Century (New York Public Library)

    North American Slave Narratives

    Slaves and the Courts: 1740-1860 (Library of Congress)

    Slavery and the Ratification of the Constitution

    Slavery and the Making of America (PBS)

    Slavery in America
    From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 (Library of Congress)

    Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture

    Virginia Runaways

Gender (return to top)  
American Women's History: A Research Guide

    American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources

Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association (Library of Congress)  

Votes for Women: Suffrage Pictures 1850-1920 (Library of Congress)

    Women and Social Movements in the United States: 1775-2000

    Women's Legal History Biography Project

Civil War and Reconstruction (return to top)

    A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project

    Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

    America's Reconstruction: People and Politics after the Civil War

    Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency 

Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

    Finding Precedent: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    Freedmen and Southern Society Project

    Freedmen's Bureau Online

The Gettysburg Address (Library of Congress)

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

    Papers of Jefferson Davis

    Party Platforms and Secession Documents

    Secession Commissioners

    Secession Era Editorials Project
    United States Civil War Center

    The Valley of the Shadow:  Two Communities in the American Civil War

Gilded Age and Progressive Era (return to top)

    The Bisbee Deportation of 1917

Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair (Library of Congress)

    Child Labor in America: Photographs of Lewis W. Hine

    Coal Mining in Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    Debs Collection: Pamphlets

    The Emma Goldman Papers

    Eugene V. Debs Foundation

    Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive

    Eugenics Archive

    The Dramas of Haymarket

    General Resources on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    The Gilded Age

    Gilded Age and Progressive Era Resources (H-SHGAPE)

    Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 (Library of Congress)

    Joe Hill

    Lower East Side Tenement Museum

    The People's Attorney: The Life of Louis D. Brandeis

    Red Scare (1918-1921)

    The Triangle Factory Fire

Immigration (return to top)

    Affidavit and Flyers From the Chinese Boycott Case (National Archives Digital Classroom)

    The Chinese American Experience: 1857-1892

    The Chinese in California: 1850-1925 (Library of Congress)

    Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals (American Family Immigration History Center)

    Filipino Immigration to the United States

    Immigration (Library of Congress)

    Immigration: The Perpetual Controversy (Atlantic Online)
    Separate Lives, Broken Dreams: The Saga of Chinese Immigration

    U. S. Immigration: Internet Modern History Sourcebook

New Deal and World War Two (return to top)

    America from the Great Depression to World War Two: Photographs (Library of Congress)

    A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the Constitution   

    Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites

Exploring the Japanese American Internment
    FDR Cartoon Archive

FDR and the Supreme Court

    FDR Presidential Library

Japanese-American Internment Camps During World War Two

    New Deal Network   

    Suffering Under a Great Injustice: Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar (Library of Congress)

The Age of Segregation (return to top)

    Behind the Veil: Remembering Jim Crow

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    The Civil Rights Era (Library of Congress)

    Civil Rights in Mississippi

    Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Digital Archive: Brown v. Board of Education

    Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education (National Archives Digital Classroom)

    Greensboro Sit-ins

    The History of Jim Crow

    In Pursuit of Freedom & Equality: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

    Looking Back: Brown v. Board of Education (NPR)

    Martin Luther King Papers Project

    Race and Place: An African-American Community in the Age of Jim Crow

    Reporting Civil Rights (Library of America)
    Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary

    We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

    Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

Texas (return to top)

    Forever Free: Nineteenth-Century African American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas
    From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856

Handbook of Texas

    Hazardous Business: Industry, Regulation, and the Texas Railroad Commission

    Mexican American Voices

    Nineteenth-Century Texas Law Online

    Sweatt v. Painter Archive

    Texas Constitutions Digitization  Project

    Texas History on the Internet (Griffin)

    Texas Treasures (Historical Artifacts and Documents: Texas State Library)

    Votes for Women: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Texas

U. S. Supreme Court (return to top)

The Amistad Case

    Amistad:  The Federal Courts and the Challenge to Slavery

    Court History (Supreme Court Historical Society)

    Digital Archive: Brown v. Board of Education
Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education (National Archives Digital Classroom)

    The Dred Scott Case

    Findlaw U. S. Supreme Court Searchable Database (cases since 1893)  

    FDR and the Supreme Court   
    Historic Supreme Court Decisions by Party Name

    In Pursuit of Freedom & Equality: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    Landmark Supreme Court Cases

    Looking Back: Brown v. Board of Education (NPR)

    Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multmedia

The People's Attorney: The Life of Louis D. Brandeis  

    Sweatt v. Painter Archive

    Teaching with Documents:  Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary