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Best Websites: History

Presidential History

The American Presidency Project
This site has a large digital documents collection covering all 43 presidencies and including public papers, executive orders, proclamations, addresses, and press conferences from many of the presidencies. Users will also find summary data for presidential elections, approval ratings, public appearances, executive branch growth, and congressional activity.

American President: Resources on the U.S. Presidents
Contains in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each president and their administration. For each president, visitors can read a brief overview ("At a Glance") and then look through essays that cover various aspects of their life and leadership strategy.

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2004
This Web site is an extraordinary resource for those who study or teach political communication or modern US political history. Beginning with the first ads of their kind in 1952 and continuing through 2008, the site provides general election ads from the major party presidential candidates (and select third-party candidates).

POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Information on presidents, candidates, cabinet members, election results, administration highlights. Links to historical documents, inaugural addresses, biographies, First Ladies and more.

The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century
Designed and developed by the Learning Technology Center in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education, in conjunction with the Presidential Libraries and Terra Incognita Productions and funded with an NEH grant, this site provides access to a selection of digitized materials from the collections of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. It features an interactive timeline of Presidents Hoover through Clinton and includes documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents’ lives. Also included are educational activities and resources for teachers.