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History Is...

The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.  -Harry S. Truman


Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.  -Robert F. Kennedy


History is, indeed, an argument without end.  -Arthur .M. Schlesinger, Jr.


Not all that is presented to us as history has really happened; and what really happened did not actually happen the way it is presented to us; moreover, what really happened is only a small part of all that happened. Everything in history remains uncertain, the largest events as well as the smallest occurrence.  -Goethe


History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.  -Winston Churchill


Don't know much about the people quoted above?  Research them!  -The LHS History Department

AP Courses: Social Studies Department

The following links bring you to the official College Board websites for the respective course.  Use these sites for more information about the the APGOPO and APUSH course/test.

Social Studies Central

Social Studies Central Locker

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

How to Write Good History

In many respects, good historical writing is different from writing in other academic disciplines such as English, for example.  Research and use the following sites as a guide to the process, structure, and style of the historian's craft.

The Top 3 Sites for Writing Guidance

  • Writing the History Paper  (Dartmouth University)  The home page of this site quickly lays out the basics of good historical writing.  This link is best if you want to get a good understanding of the overall process of writing a research paper: topic generation, thesis development, paragraph structure, and mechanics (grammar and style).  Check out 'Writing Tips."
  • History Writing Center (University of North Carolina)  This is a great site for detailed and easy-to-read information on every aspect of the writing process.  The right hand margin of links is one of the best parts of this site because it offers concise explanations of all aspects of writing , including fighting procrastination!  Simply click on the topic link you need some guidance on and a thorough explanation is provided.  Have the patience to read each document; though it may seem wordy to you, it's actual very straight-forward.  Read the history handout page introduction.  Then check out "Writing the Paper" margin links for specific topics.
  • Reading, Writing, and Researching for History (Bowdoin College)  The best aspect of this site is its straight-forward guides on the process of writing which are located in the left hand column.  Click on any of the links and you'll find a very student-friendly breakdown of any aspect of historical research and writing.  What's great about this site is that you can download/save a PDF of any of the handouts for reference on the go.  Check any of the Content Links in the left hand margin.

Other Websites of Interest

U.S. History Research by Era

Early America

Post-Civil War America to 1900


The Progressive Era

Women's Sufferage and Reform

The Great Depression and New Deal

The War on Poverty and Great Society

The Rise of the Right

World History Research

Page in development.  Check back soon.

Very special thanks must be given to Dr. Glen Gendzel, Professor of History at SJSU, for researching and providing the links listed below for his students in the Masters in History program.  Although we will continue to grow and add to this site, without his hard work it would not be so robust at its start.

Research Paper Deadlines

Discover Local University Libraries

These libraries do allow non-student access to their stacks and other resouces if you visit them or inquire as to their use beforehand.  It is a very worthwhile experience to explore a university library.  Since many of you will be "living" in them soon, you might as well get aquainted.