20th Century History By the Decades
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General 20th Century Resources
- We Didn't Start the Fire
- Words to the popular song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel, mentioning many names and events of the Twentieth Century, with links to Web pages for most of the words mentioned.
- Prominent events and people of 20th
The 20th Century From Yahoo
- Yahoo's collection of links to websites about people and events of
the 20th Century.
- Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
- Background and biographical information on the great popular singers,
songwriters and musical performers of the 20th Century who are honored by
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Links are arranged in alphabetical order.
- Carnegie Hall
- One of America's most impressive and important concert halls offers a
rich and colorful virtual visit, which includes an illustrated timeline,
reflecting American music and culture over the past century. Check here
to see what was happening through the years.
- The History of Jazz
- A series of pages that review the entire history of Jazz in America, spanning the entire Twentieth Century.
- Posters American Style
- The National Museum of American Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has mounted a wonderful exhibition of poster art through American history. Most of the posters are from the 20th century, and "brings together some of the great graphic images made in the United States." Sections include: American Events, Designed to Sell, Advice to Americans, and Patriotic Persuasion.
- Flappers 2
- Flapper and rapper and other slang in between is explained and
discussed in this article from the online WWWebster's dictionary. Many
examples are given, decade by decade.
- The Nobel Prizes
- The official home page of the organization which annually awards
prizes to distinguished world leaders in several fields: Chemistry,
Literature, Peace, Physics, Economics, Physiology & Medicine. Find out
who won which prize each year. Includes speeches and background
information on each winner.
- The Nobel Prize Winners
- Information about all the people who have won the Nobel Prizes.
Prizes are awarded annually in the following subject areas: Chemistry,
Literature, Peace, Physics, Economics, Physiology & Medicine.
- TIME Magazine Past Man of the Year
- Essays about the famous people of the 20th Century, from the pages of TIME Magazine.
Chicano History Links- UCLA
- This page lists links to Web Pages that cover various aspects of
Chicano history and culture.
- Chicana Resources
- Links to information on the study of Chicanas.
Castro Speech Databases
- A huge collection of the speeches of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.
Use the search engine to find speeches that mention people or topics of
your interest, with the text translated to English.
- Collection of links to online photo galleries and exhibits. This is
an excellent collection, with several famous photographers listed.
Sponsored by LIFE magazine.
History Channel Hotlist: 20th Century
- Nice set of links related to
issues and events of the 20th Century, provided by The History Channel.
Southern Music in the 20th Century
- Nice collection of information about the people and events in the
music of the American South during the 20th Centure. Includes many
profiles of famous and influential composers, musicians and performers.
Click on ther decade that interests you for more information on that era.
- A History of American
- Chart following eleven major themes of agricultural history in the
U.S., decade by decade. Click on the theme/decade to see what major
events and developments happened. Provided by the U.S. Department of
- The Southern Folklife
- Although this page is primarily information about the The Southern
Folklife Collection library, there are several superb online exhibits
about various musical styles which were developed in the South: Early
Country Music, Old-Time String Bands, Gospel and Spiritual Song, and
Southern Blues Traditions. Includes short sound samples.
- The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music
- Online access to American sheet music of the period 1780 to 1960.
Under construction, but appears to be potentially quite useful. As of
9-22-97 it consists mostly of scanned images of the sheet music front
- The Digital
Tradition Folk Song Database
- Search for the words to folk songs here. Search by key word, or a
list of key words or titles.
- Those Were the Days.
- Provides a list of interesting events that happened on this day in
history. Lots of cultural emphasis.
- Pulp Fiction
- A colorful type of popular fiction emerged in the first part of the
20th Century, pulp fiction. This site offers a braod collection of links
to many examples of this type of popular literature.
- Exceptionally well presented collection of information on the history
of the Social Security program and Social Security Administration. A mix
of general-interest material and items that may appeal primarily to
scholars. Graphics and photos abound, and there are sound and video
- Architecture and
Interior Design for 20th Century America (1935-1955)
- Over 29,000
images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and
exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings,homes
of notable Americans, and of several U.S. presidents, as well as color
images of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Many were commissioned by
architects, designers, owners and architectural publications, and document
important achievements in American 20th-century architecture and interior
- Creative Americans:
Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
- 1,400 Portraits of literary figures, artists, and celebrities; scenic
views, mostly in the Northeast. Includes African Americans, celebrities
and prominent individuals, scenic views. Consists of 1,395 photographs
taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932
and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of
celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. A much
smaller portion of the collection is an assortment of American landscapes.
as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959
- Spanning from the mid 1920s through the 1950s, the Theodor Horydczak
collection(about 14,350 photographs online) documents the architecture
and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s,
and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential,
and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of
neighborhoods. A number of Washington events and activities, such as the
1932 Bonus Army encampment, the 1933 World Series, and World War II
preparedness campaigns, are also depicted. Discovering
Theodor Horydczak's Washington, a special presentation is also included.
Remembering the Negro Leagues
- For much of baseball history professional leagues excluded
African-American players. "As early as 1884, Blacks had organized their
own teams and then their own leagues. By 1920, a Black professional
baseball league was formed. Several years later, a "Negro American
League" was established, and an all-black world series was held
- Facts and Figures in U.S. Tax History
- Several charts and graphs which show various figures related to U.S.
taxes over the period 1935-1988.
History of Broadcasting, 1920-1960
- Decade by decade history of broadcasting. Click on the decade and
subtopic of interest.
- A Guide to American Studies Resources on the Internet, with lots of
links organized by sub-topic of interest..
States Air Force Museum
- From Kitty Hawk to
the Space Age, over 200 aircraft, missiles,
and aeronautical displays.
- National Air and
- The exploration use of air and space. Lots of images, photos and
Military History Collections of The New York Public Library
- Many files related to Military History. Not all have the information
available online, but enough is there to make it worth visiting.
- Military History
Army Center for Military History.
- Campaigns of the
- A list of all the times the U.S. Army went off to do
- U.S. Racism
and Intervention in the Third World, Past and Present
- A very opinionated look at early U.S. foreign involvement.
History Links Arranged By Subject
- A remarkable set of links to resources: Civil War to the Present. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to select a section that interests you, and then link out to the related information
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General 20th Century Resources
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