Start delving into the details of your own forebears’ daily lives by exploring 10 of our favorite social history sites.
In school, we learned history by studying big events and big people. We pored over details of the Revolution, Abraham Lincoln, Manifest Destiny and the Great Depression, all from a comfortable (and detached) bird's-eye view. What we didn't learn was how those events affected ordinary people -- such as our ancestors.
Social history bridges that gap by teaching us the everyday details regular folks lived through. It's a study of how your North Dakota ancestors recovered from the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888, or what foods were served at a Sunday dinner on the farm. Social history adds the flesh to genealogical charts, forms and data; it brings "real" history to life. You can begin delving into the details of your own forebears' daily lives by exploring 10 of our favorite social history websites.
The Library of Congress' multimedia website contains more than 9 million digital items, including interviews, photographs, books and recordings, with some items dating back as far as 1490. Pulling from 100 collections, subjects range from baseball to the Civil War to farming in the Great Plains.