American Historical Association — The AHA is a great resource for professional historians for several reasons. Here you can find a complete journal directory that is searchable by subject area. You can also find job postings in the field of History, as well as postings about grants, awards, conferencess, fellowship, and mentoring opportunities. You can find publications about perspectives on history, as well as forums, news items, archives, classroom content, and much more. In short, the AHA website is the one-stop shop for everything related to pursuing a career in the field of History. If you cannot find a link relating to the field of History on this page, you can probably find it on the “Affiliated Societies” page. The AHA is also the official publisher of the American Historical Review, the “journal of record for the historical profession in the United States since 1895.”
Calumet 412 — Designed by a passionate transplant to the city of Chicago from Northern California, Calumet 412 is described as a “pictorial love letter to the city and people of Chicago.” The name of the blog is taken from the telephone number of an historic brothel in Chicago area called The Everleigh Club.
Citizenship and Social Justice by Jon Greenberg — This website was designed by a high-school history teacher from Seattle and it takes the name of one of his courses. Dedicated to civic engagement and social justice, this website explores such progressive topics as white and male privilege in both today’s society and in history. This site is highly recommended for activist historians who consider themselves feminist and anti-racist.
Colonies, Ships, and Pirates by David G. Fictum — Written by a trained historian from Gettysburg college and East Carolina University, as well as a pirate expert on Reddit’s forum AskHistorians, Colonies, Ships, and Pirates is a blog that covers ship and maritime history, pirate history, and colonial history.
Common-place: A Common Place, An Uncommon Voice — Sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut, Common-place is a web magazine devoted to “exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture.” The magazine works with “scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists,” and others to publish material quarterly on American history before 1900. Here you can find the best in “early American scholarship, teaching, and curatorship.”
Documenting the American South — Sponsored by the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Documenting the American South, nicknamed DocSouth, “is a digital publishing initiative that provides internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.” DocSouth has “sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.” Among its many sources, the site features full htlm copies of published slave narratives.
History is a Weapon — This website is an online Leftist “reader focusing largely on American resistance history” under the legacy of scholars like Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. The website includes a inexhaustible collection of primary-source readings and “starter essays” with radical, liberal, and progressive interpretations to history. Each of the essays and primary sources are organized thematically and the website also includes a recommended reading list of secondary works.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online — H-Net is described as “an international organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web.” On this site you will find an enormous supply of old and new book reviews, categorized in lists that pertain to different fields of history. You will also find forums and discussion logs for topics related to the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as academic announcements. Find the list or lists that most apply to your specific interests and then subscribe to the listserv to receive notices, postings, and updates about new scholarship.
Internet Archive by Brewster Kahle — The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing open access to billions of pages of historical sources to the general public and to academic professionals. The website features scans of historical manuscripts and various published materials, including plays, pamphlets, diaries, memoirs, travelogues, edited volumes of court documents and unpublished correspondence, and much more.
Journal for MultiMedia History — This virtual journal is dedicated to publishing history using hypertext and multimedia technologies. The website endeavors to merge audio, video, graphic, and textual forms into historical scholarship that can only “be communicated on the World Wide Web (WWW) or on CD-ROM/DVD mediums.” The site seeks to “utilize the promise of digital technologies to expand history’s boundaries, merge its forms, and promote and legitimate innovations in teaching and research.”
Lakefront Historian — This is the official blog of the History Graduate Student Association at Loyola University Chicago. Billed as “a student-run public history blog from Chicago,” The Lakefront Historian emphasizes contemporary discussions regarding history’s engagement with the general public. Here you will find reviews of museum exhibits, historical societies, films, TV shows, and much more.
Library of Congress — This website features the online collections of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the official research arm of congress. Based in three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress is touted as “the largest library in the world…with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts.” The website also features a large online collection of historical American newspapers.
Low Country Africana — This website is “entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida.” Developed with a grant from Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation Foundation, this is an open-access website that features historical documentation and genealogical guides for the rich Gullah-Geechee cultural heritage.
Organization of American Historians — The OAH publishes a cluster of great journal, newsletter, and magazine-style periodicals in the field of History, including the iconic Journal of American History and The American Historian. They also hold annual meetings and workshops; they sponsor exhibits and speaker series; and they post a slew of news information about career options, job postings, and funding opportunities. On this site, you can find information about internships, grants, fellowships, advocacy opportunities, awards, prizes, and calls for papers in the field of History. Along with the website of the American Historical Association, the website of the OAH is one of the most important sites for professional American historians.
Public History Commons — This website is an official project of the National Council on Public History. Here you will find information about the National Council’s Annual Conference, as well as news, announcements, and reflections in the field of public history for historians. The site is “designed to serve the field by providing a platform where practitioners, scholars, and others with an interest in the presentation and interpretation of history in public can share ideas and resources.”
Slave Rebellion Website — This website by a non-profit organization called the African American Information Service features a comprehensive introduction to slave revolts in Latin America, Africa, and the United States. This website also features databases of records relating to slavery, as well as maps, image and video galleries, and much more.
USIH Blog by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History — Originally formed by a group of several intellectual History scholars in the year 2013, the U.S. Intellectual History blog is an award-winning blog and non-profit that features discussions of topics in U.S. intellectual history by a diverse array of emerging and established scholars.
Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database — Perhaps one of the most remarkable historical projects to be undertaken in the age of the internet, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is a compendium of “more than 35,000 slave voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.” This website “offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of people in world history.”
Ways of the World: A Brief Global History by Robert W. Strayer — This website is the online companion tool to a high-school, global history textbook called Ways of the World. This website features activities and resources, like chapter quizzes, study guides, and reference aids, for anyone who wants to test their knowledge of history, not simply high school students. Visit the site to find out how much you know about world history.
World is Africa by Djibril — Written by a native of Guinea-Bissau who is now based in London “World is Africa is a collection of posts about contemporary Africa and Diaspora, especially the U.S.A.” This blog features many great reviews of popular books in African and African-American history.