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Ben Franklin Sites

GREAT SITES FOR CHILDREN

Ben Franklin: Glimpses of the Man An excellent site from the Franklin Institute, with explanations of Franklin’s contributions as an economist, inventor, statesman, and many other areas. Kids should click on “Learn More About Ben!” and then “Frequently Asked Questions About Ben” to find out everything from where Ben went to school to why he thought the turkey should be the national symbol of the United States.

Benjamin Franklin House View parts of the only remaining house that Franklin lived in, located near Trafalgar Square, London, England. This site shows pictures of the house plus conservation efforts to turn it into a museum.

Ben’s Guide to U. S. Government Brief information about Benjamin Franklin’s life as a printer, librarian, inventor, and statesman, plus a timeline of his life.

The Electric Franklin The Independence Hall Association has created a site filled with games, biographical stories, pictures, videos, and quotes for all ages. Read more about Franklin’s electrical experiments and some of the words he created to describe electricity.

GREAT SITES FOR ADULTS AND OLDER STUDENTS

America’s Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention This biography from the National Archives gives a fairly detailed history of Benjamin Franklin, highlighting most of his political life.

Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind Companion site to the PBS series; explore the timeline, check out the “Ben A to Z” to find some of his many descriptions, read about his theories related to health, or find out some of the many ways he has influenced how we do things today.

Benjamin Franklin Invents the Glass Armonica One of Franklin’s loves was music, and this page explains how he combined music and invention to create a new musical instrument.

Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Highlights events in the Philadelphia area relating to Benjamin Franklin’s birthday; also has lesson plans for teachers to use in connection with the exhibit.

Ben Franklin Web Portal This portal limits searches to web pages specifically about Benjamin Franklin, providing access to Franklin’s writings and quotes, sites that explore his research, and a collection of resources for teachers.

Invention Dimension Benjamin Franklin was not only a Founding Father, he is also considered one of the first American inventors. This page from MIT focuses on the “Franklin stove.”

Writings of Benjamin Franklin This is a collection of links to things written by Benjamin Franklin, from a variety of websites and on a variety of topics. Included here are links to versions of Poor Richard’s Almanack, from 1733 to 1759; letters and scientific observations, and his last will and testament.

GREAT SITES FOR RESEARCH AND PRIMARY SOURCES

Benjamin Franklin Collection at Bartleby.com This page provides links to the Columbia Encyclopedia entry for Benjamin Franklin, as well as links to fulltext versions of some of his writings. For an extensive biography and discussion of his life, go down the page and click on “Franklin” under “Writings About Franklin” for the chapter from the Cambridge History of American Literature.

Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents View pages of Thomas Jefferson’s “original Rough draft” of the Declaration of Independence, complete with editorial changes made by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.

Letters of Delegates to Congress What was Benjamin Franklin doing during the years 1774-1789? This Library of Congress site can partially answer the question. Click on “Browse,” pick a range of time, and scroll through the page to read some of Benjamin Franklin’s letters.

Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics Check out 2 writings of Benjamin Franklin’s from 1754 that later influenced the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States: “Albany Plan of Union” and “In Defense of a Plan for Colonial Union”.

Civil War Resources

The Civil War Home Page Welcome to the Civil War Home Page, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Civil War related material available on the Internet. Including Abolition & Slavery, Associations, Battles, Documents, General Interest, Letters & Diaries, People Photos, Reenacting, Shops & Dealers and Unit Information

The American Civil War Homepage This page lists web sites by: General, Music, Photographs, Secession Crisis, Biographical, Histories, Bibliographies, Documentary Records, Federal, State & Local Studies, Battles & Campaigns, Rosters & Regimental Histories, Civil War Reenactors, Civil War Round Tables, Fictional Accounts & Other Histories.

Shotgun’s Home of the Civil War (personal site) This page lists websites by: Civil War Battles, Biographies, Medicine, Potpourri, Confederate States of America, Essays on the Civil War, Fox’s Regimental Losses, Letters about the War, Naval War, Other Civil War Sites, Overview of the Civil War, Shotgun’s Opinions, Strategies & Tactics, The Armies & Western Theater Discussion Group.

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The Civil War This page lists web sites by: Battles, People, Armies, Timeline, Documents, Weapons, Soldier Life, African Americans, Battlefields & Parks, Ships, Forts, Letters, Diaries, Cavalry, Photo Gallery, The Official Record, Battle Map, Women in the War, Music, Articles & Links.

Selected Civil War Photographs The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.

The Civil War for Kids The students in Mrs. Huber’s class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York have been learning about the Civil War. We read about this important time in our nation’s history and wrote about it. We made a timeline of important events from 1860 to 1865. Our bar graphs contain data about the North and the South in 1861 when the Civil War began. Each graph compares the resources of the two regions. We looked at Civil War battle victories, used our mapping skills to examine the nation in detail, and made both Confederate and Union flags. We have drawings of Civil War uniforms, short biographies of Civil War leaders, images of other leaders, links to other Civil War Sites, and activity sheets for you to do. We hope you enjoy our work!

The Civil War Album Assembled here is a collection of over 2,000 pages including 7,900+ modern photos and panoramas of Civil War sites. The photos and narrative were provided by the Webmaster and over 80 contributors between 1990 and April 2007. Included are numerous wartime photos, as well as several official records, reports and maps. Because of the rapid growth and extensive content of CivilWarAlbum.com the site is best viewed with a broadband connection.