- African American History
An open textbook on African American history spanning from African origins and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement.
- American Government
Open textbook “designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American government course” up to the 2016 election.
- American History textbook
American History from Pre-Columbian times to the 2000s. Open textbook from the Independence Hall Association’s website, ushistory.org.
- The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction
“The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction is a peer-reviewed chronological survey of the LGBTQ fight for equal rights from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book beautifully reveals the heroic people and key events that shaped the American LGBTQ rights movement. The book includes personal narratives to capture the lived experience from each era, as well as details of essential organizations, texts, and court cases that defined LGBTQ activism and advocacy.”
- The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook
An ongoing and “collaboratively built” American history textbook with text, documents, media, and primary source guides.
- Ancient Civilizations
Open textbook on ancient world history from the Independence Hall Association’s website, ushistory.org.
- History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877
“This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history.”
- The History of Our Tribe: Hominini (SUNY Genesco)
“The book explores the field of paleoanthropology past and present. Beginning over 65 million years ago, Welker traces the evolution of our species, the environments and selective forces that shaped our ancestors, their physical and cultural adaptations, and the people and places involved with their discovery and study. It is designed as a textbook for a course on Human Evolution but can also serve as an introductory text for relevant sections of courses in Biological or General Anthropology or general interest.”
- Spectacles in the Roman World: A Sourcebook
“This is a collection of primary sources on Roman games and spectacles in their various forms, created for a second-year undergraduate class on spectacles in Greece and Rome at the University of British Columbia. This book is intended for use in upper-level academic studies. Content Warning: The content of this book contains animal cruelty and animal death, blood, classism, death, sexual assault, violence, and other mature subject matter and potentially distressing material.”
- Voices of Virginia: An Auditory Primary Source Reader
“Voices of Virginia pulls together stories from oral history collections from across decades and archives to create an all-audio source companion… The “album” is only two hours long, but contains dozens of short oral histories from eyewitnesses to key moments in American history, from the end of the Civil War to the 1980s.” While the reader focuses on VA, stories from eyewitnesses to the Jim Crow Era, WWI, the Great Depression, and WWII could provide richness to social sciences courses outside of VA.
- World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500
“World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia. It includes 350 high-quality images and maps, chronologies, and learning questions to help guide student learning.”
- African American History (Open Yale)
“The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present” with a focus on “the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.”
- History Courses from MIT OpenCourseWareA variety of open history courses across time periods and geography.
- History Freely accessible syllabi and lectures from Open Yale history courses
Courses in American and European history.
- American Memory Collections from the Library of Congress
A variety of African American history collections. Additional collections can be found here.
- The Avalon Project – Major Document Collections
- Docs Teach (National Archives)
List of historical document collections from Yale Law School. “Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy.”
- Equality Archive
“Equality Archive is a reliable source for the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. It is a theater for history and social justice with the goal to provide a forum for curious people.” Original content is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA.
- Perseus Digital Library (Tufts)
Perseus’ “flagship collection … under development since 1987” that “covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.”
- Art History on Khan Academy
- Free Teaching Materials from the Zinn Education Project
List of teaching activities on various history lessons from a “people’s history” perspective. Downloads of PDFs are free, but require registration (also no-cost) on the website. Please note these teaching materials are not under a Creative Commons license.
- TED Ed History lessons
- U.S. History on Khan Academy