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The following changes have been made to the sites in
Critical Thinking Internet Activities: United States History.
The changes have been added to the list of links for the book,
so you can just go to that page and link directly to the
new or modified sites when you use the book.

(updated September 2, 2004)

Activity 1: Geography and History

The biome map is no longer available. Instead, have students go to http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/index.htm and read about the temperate deciduous forest. Ask them to write two to three sentences describing this landscape, and inform them that this is the landscape the first European settlers would have seen.

Activity 2: A Letter from Jamestown

The Virtual Jamestown Censuses page has been changed to http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vcdh/jamestown/census_main.html

Instead of "The Jamestown Experience," have students browse through the Virtual Jamestown site: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vcdh/jamestown/page2.html

Activity 3: The First Thanksgiving

The following pages are currently unavailable. We're trying to find out if they'll be back, and we'll let you know when and if you can link to them again:

The American Thanksgiving Tradition: http://www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/thanksgi.htm

The "First Thanksgiving": Facts and Fancies: http://www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/firstT.htm

A "First Thanksgiving" Dinner for Today: http://www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/afirst.htm

The Myths About the Pilgrims page (http://www.plimoth.org/Library/pilmyth.htm) is currently unavailable. We're trying to find out if it will be back, and we'll let you know when and if you can link to it again.

The Wampanoag People (http://www.plimoth.org/learn/history/wampanoag/wampanoag.asp) is currently unavailable. We're trying to find out if it will be back, and we'll let you know when and if you can link to it again.

Activity 4: Traveling the Revolutionary Battlefields

Unfortunately, the only site still available is The History Place: Timeline of the Revolution: http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/revwar-75.htm. We are trying to find suitable replacements and will post them here as soon as possible.

Activity 5: Your Bill of Rights

Instead of looking for their local newspaper at Yahoo!, have students see if it's listed at http://www.yahooligans.com/Arts_and_Entertainment/News/Newspapers. If it's not, have them use another search engine to locate it online (hint: it's often easy to find a newspaper's Web site by simply typing its full name into the URL, as in "www.chicagotribune.com").

Activity 6: Who Becomes President?

The Presidents of the United States of America has been changed to http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents

Activity 7: The Trail of Tears

Section 1

The Eastern Woodland Indians site is no longer available. Instead, have students read about the Trail of Tears at http://www.mce.k12tn.net/nation_grows/lesson_12.htm and just answer question a).

Section 2

The Trail of Tears: A Brief History has been changed to http://www.neosoft.com/powersource/cherokee/history.html

Samuel’s Memory has changed to http://cherokeehistory.com/samuel.html

The Cherokee Story is no longer available.

Activity 8: The California Gold Rush: Should You Go?

For the Library of Congress "California As I Saw It," have students go to http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cbhtml/calbkbibTitles01.html#bottom and  locate "A letter from a gold miner, Placerville, California, October, 1850."

Activity 9: Abolitionist Speech

The Black Resistance: Slavery in the United States page is not currently available, but we're trying to get it back.

All of the excerpts from slave narrative URLs have been changed and are updated on the Links page.

Activity 10: The Transcontinental Railroad

The Leland Stanford page has changed to http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/stanford.htm

The Union Pacific Railroad: Historical Overview page has changed to http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/history/hist-ovr.shtml