Popular Culture and the Arts in America

Archiving Early America
Explores the early history of the colonies through the media of the day.

History Buff's Reference Library
Brief journalistic essays on newspaper coverage of 16th to 18th century American history.

Seventeenth Century Newspapers
This site uses the earliest colonial newspapers to bring the era alive.

Colonial Documents
The key documents of the Colonial Era are reproduced here, as are some of the important documents from earlier and later time periods in American history.

The Colonial Movie Critic
This site looks at Hollywood's portrayal of the American colonial period.

George Washington At Home
Pictures and documents of Mount Vernon, the home of the first president, George Washington.

1830s Clothing
See how clothing worn in the Early Republic was quite different from what you are wearing now.

Summerfield, Kansas
Several articles provide information about the building of a town and a community.

Harriet Beecher Stowe And Uncle Tom's Cabin
This site provides the text and descriptions of the book and information about Stowe's life and work.

A Bibliography For Harriet Beecher Stowe
A great bibliography of material by and about Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Transcendentalism
The starting point for study of Emerson and his writings, with quotes, texts, and links.

Late Nineteenth Century Authors
This site offers a variety of novels and other works relating to the 19th century. See especially Twain, Howells and Harris.

Shadowball: The Negro Baseball Leagues
This is an article, Jim Crow at the Bat: Apartheid in Baseball, by Harlan S. Williams.

Arts and Crafts Society
The Society's Homepage offers information about the history of the Arts and Crafts movement along with illustrative images.

I Hear America Sing
American music came into its own in the early 20th century, as this fascinating site demonstrates.

The Flu Epidemic Of 1918
Today the flu is an annoyance for most people. In 1918 a major epidemic of Spanish Influenza swept through the United States, killing 600,000 people.

The Spanish Flu Epidemic: One Experience
The story of Hattie Marrier, a French Canadian immigrant to Minnesota conveys the terror of the Spanish Flu Epidemic.

National Geographic And The Titanic
This site offers historical perspective and balanced coverage of this tragic event.

Film And History--A Journal
Film and History is a professional journal. Examine the reviews of both books and films in the last two volumes to see how historians assess films as documents reflecting American culture.

A History Of Radio Program Collecting By Marvin Bensman
Radio had a major impact on peoples' lives from 1930 to the present. One indication is the emphasis on preserving and collecting old programs.

The 1920s-The Arts
Index page of information on the arts in the 1920s includes categories on popular music, architecture, dance, theater, and film.

Popular Culture in the 1920s
This site looks at how the 1920s set the stage for many aspects of modern popular culture.

The Harlem Renaissance
Resource guide with links to various sources about the Harlem Renaissance.

The Flapper
This site contains many links to information about the popular culture of the 1920s with special reference to the flapper.

The Sons Of The Pioneers
For children, especially boys, in the 1940's and 1950's Roy Rogers was the ultimate cowboy hero. His theme song, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, is an audio clip on this site.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll became the music of a new generation by the late 1950s.

Digger Archives
This site provides a glimpse into the counter culture and reformist spirit of the 1960s and beyond.

The Authentic History Center: The 1970s
Site includes primary sources from the 1970s, including audio clips, images, and photographs, plus a look at how social changes are reflected in the comic books of the decade.