Social Studies and History

Like science, history is so dense and complex that it can seem overwhelming. Especially in Memphis, where so much happened that literally changed our nation. The name Memphis itself was inspired by a great city in ancient Egypt. History is like that - full of puzzle pieces that connect back to ancient history. How does it all fit together? Teachers help you connect the dots, but these links can deepen your knowledge.


Local History

Mud Island River Park - Literally walk the Mississippi river from origin to outpour, crossing through Memphis on the way. At the end, you can paddleboat with all the knowledge you picked up along the way.

Tennessee State Symbols - Did you know that the state fruit is the tomato? And that we had a state wild animal? We do - it's a racoon! Find out more about your state symbols.

African American History

National Civil Rights Museum - Here in downtown Memphis, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel. The National Civil Rights Museum was erected on the spot to pay homage to King and the leaders of the movement who fought, died, and eventually gained ground in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Seattle Times hosts this site dedicated to King and his mission.

The Underground Railroad - Join National Geographic on a journey along the Underground Railroad as a slave.

African American Migration Experience - Photographs, original documents and in-depth research make this site from the New York Public Library an excellent source of information about African American migration experiences from the transatlantic slave trade to the current migrations from Haiti and the Caribbean.

History of African Americans in the Civil War - Find out more about black soldiers who fought for their rights in the Civil War.

Harlem Renaissance - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Langston Hughes all participated. Find out more about the people, music and literature of the Harlem Renaissance - a formative and exciting time in African American history, literature and music. This site, created by John Carrol University, exemplifies the creativity and class of the era while offering quality information, video clips, links, and more.

American History

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids - Ben Franklin guides kids at their appropriate grade level through the branches of government, the making of laws, and the electrion process. 

The White House for Kids - Where does the President live? Find out the history of the White House and the people (and pets) that have lived there at this President-approved website.

World History

CIA World Factbook - Get the facts on any country in the world - maps, population, language, flags, culture,'s a big world and there is lots to know!

African Studies Center - The University of Pennsylvania put together this web resource guide to Africa. Click through to find a wealth of sources for students, parents and teachers about the languages, environment and history of Africa.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Why the Holocaust happen, who started it, and how did it end? How can we prevent something like it? These questions and more are addressed at this excellent memorial site.

Life As We Know It - This site is so cool, we're recommending it twice. 

Amelia Bloomer Project Book Lists and Blog - Recommended book lists for readers interested in women's history and feminism. Great book choices for readers from birth to age 18.

GLBT Resources for Children: A Bibliography - Nancy Silverrod of the San Francisco Public Library put together this great annoated list of age appropriate books about the GLBT experience for the American Library Association. 

Out on a Limb: A Guide to Getting Along - This interactive site guides younger children through possible scenarios where tempers could flare and feelings could get hurt. Each scenario plays out the possibilities for resolution, offering understandable advice for difficult situations.

It's My Life - Real games, videos, blogs and advice for tweens about school, families, friendship, bodies, and everything in-between.