Cool Links

By popular demand, here’s a post where you can attach comments with links to class-related cool stuff you’ve found online.

Articles, sites, photos, lectures, videos, tweets, songs, podcasts, whatever — as long as you can connect it somehow to our course. Have at it!


About Greg Shine

Adjunct faculty in the History Department at Portland State University, where I teach historic site interpretation. Former Chief Ranger & Historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
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17 Responses to Cool Links

  1. Shawn Daley says:

    For those interested, I’m attaching the Oregon K-12 Social Studies/Sciences standards website. Civil War history is under the 8th grade, although high school teachers usually stretch some of their Government classes in 9-12 to address some Cw issues.

  2. Shawn Daley says:

    This was an intriguing article that just popped up on Yahoo today.

    • Dianna Woolsey says:

      Yes! I was just reading about that rather scandalous Lincoln conference — the “please would you move your people to Central America?” conference — last night. Lincoln just gets better and better as a lens on national sentiment; if you want to tell an oversimplified myth of the noble abolitionist North, you can paint him as the uncomplicated Great Emancipator, but if you want to tell a more realistic story of a blend of racism, vague unease, reluctance to rock the boat, and genuine good intention, you can dig into his ambivalence and hesitation and get a wonderfully reflective complexity instead.

      Oops, I should save this kind of talk for tomorrow, shouldn’t I? I just happened to see this link right after I’d spent a half-hour working on the Lincoln Memorial part of my Emancipation presentation. Cue history babble!

  3. Melissa E Lang says:

    Here is an article about the way the South is dealing with the sesquicentennial…,0,5740615.story

  4. melissaswank says:

    Interesting to see different forms of commemoration, check out the United Daughters of the Confederacy website:


  5. Doug K-C says:

    It is not an NPS archival collection, but the Tuskegee Airmen archives have just been donated to Temple University.

    Melissa Lang and I had been toying with including the Airmen in Legacy/ Civil Rights. Great to have this collection available to the public.

    [a bit of a retweet from

  6. Not to tout my own blog too much, but I’ve been lurking around this website for awhile, and I’ll be interested to see what you all come up with in your podcasts. If your interested, check out – we would love to see what you students think! Again, good luck with your research and podcasts!

  7. Amy Platt says:

    This wonderful site is addictive, and it just happened to post some Civil War injury photos today. The site is a little difficult to navigate (there are many more than 5 photos). You have to click on the header and move through the photos using the title/arrows above the upper right corner of the photo. Don’t eat lunch first, some are quite gruesome (even in black and white); also, some nudity (you’ve been warned).

  8. melissaswank says:

    Sesquicentennial Civil War Happenings:


  9. Dianna Woolsey says:

    I can’t just stand by and let Amy have the links page all to herself. Here’s the link to the Lincoln Memorial video reflections:

    As you mouse over the panel for each segment it gives you a few seconds of the audio, which is a pretty great teaser (it got me to click on a few that I had been planning to skip!).

  10. Amy Platt says:

    Last one (for today):
    Black Past (this url goes to the Civil War search results):

    The site is run by Dr. Quintard Taylor (UW). It’s an encyclopedia, but it has many other resources, including a digitized archive of primary sources from around the country.

    • Doug K-C says:

      See? This section should really be called “Amy’s Page” or “Amy’s Links,” or something like that – as we discussed in class.

      Is it too late to rename?


  11. Amy Platt says:

    And here’s a link to digitized letters from Civil War soldiers (and other stuff).

  12. Amy Platt says:

    And this one:’s-civil-war-book-children-libels-south-omits-facts

    I’m not sure what booklets he’s referring to, but I don’t think you need to know (or assess their historical accuracy) to get an idea of the counter-narrative he presents and how it’s grounded in regional identity.

  13. Amy Platt says:

    Here’s a nice piece from The Atlantic about the ways we still divide the country, North and South:

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