Links for Social Studies

West Virginia History and Literature

  1. When I Was Young in the Mountains
  2. Meet Cynthia Rylant
  3. Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds
  4. WV Public Broadcasting Interview with Cynthia Rylant
  5. Coal Camp Girl, by Lois Lenski
  6. Booker T. Washington
  7. West Virginia, the Mountain State
  8. West Virginia: Documents in the History of a Rural-Industrial State
  9. How John Henry Became an American Folk Hero (Thurmond, West Virginia), Smithsonian Channel

Also see the section on Mining.

Civil Rights Movement

  1. Civil Rights Heroes for Kids
  2. I Have a Dream Speech

Texans in Politics

  1. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  2. Lyndon Johnson
  3. George H. W. Bush
  4. George W. Bush
  5. Texas Government
  6. Greg Abbott
  7. Rep. Barbara Jordan

Cultures and Immigration

  1. 100 Years of Immigration to the U.S.
  2. Animated Map Shows History of Immigration to the U.S.
  3. America, a History of Immigration 1880-Today
  4. German Texas Culture
  5. Stille Nacht
  6. Hispanic Cultures in Texas
  7. Hispanic Architecture
  8. La Cucaracha
  9. Cinco de Mayo
  10. First Polish Permanent Settlement in Texas
  11. Texas African American History Memorial
  12. The Dark History of the Chinese Exclusion Act
  13. Chinese Laborers Build the Railroad
  14. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  15. When the Saints Go Marching In
  16. Wintley Phipps explains the black keys on the piano
  17. Cielito Lindo 

Texas Oil

  1. Patillo Higgins and the Great Texas Oil Boom
  2. Captain Anthony F. Lucas and Patillo Higgins
  3. Prophet of Spindletop


  1. The Homestead Act
  2. Sod Houses 2
  3. Sod Houses 3

Inventors and More

  1. Christopher Sholes
  2. George Washington Carver
  3. Samuel Morse
  4. Alexander Graham Bell
  5. Thomas Edison
  6. Nicola Tesla and George Westinghouse
  7. The Wright Brothers
  8. Charles Lindbergh
  9. Amelia Earhart

Civil War

  1. Battle of Gettysburg
  2. Vicksburg
  3. Sherman in Georgia
  4. Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
  5. Respect at Appomattox
  6. Grant — Appomattox, Lee Surrender
  7. Lincoln’s Assassination
  8. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
  9. The Battle Hymn of the Republic, sung by the Army Band, with lyrics
  10. Battle Cry of Freedom, with lyrics
  11. Dixie
  12. Marching Through Georgia, sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford, with lyrics
  13. Civil War Veterans Reunion
  14. Civil War Reunion
  15. John  Brown’s Body
  16. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
  17. Reconstruction in America
  18. What the South Was Like During Reconstruction
  19. Harriet Tubman
  20. Frederick Douglass
  21. Sojourner Truth
  22. What is Juneteenth?
  23. Johnny Reb, sung by Johnny Horton
  24. Battle of Bull Run, sung by Johnny Horton
  25. Booker T. Washington
  26. Battle of Sabine Pass
  27. The Battle of Galveston Harbor


  1. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad (with lyrics)
  2. John Henry’s Hammer, sung by Johnny Cash
  3. John Henry and the Railroad (Whitestone Motion Pictures)
  4. How John Henry Became an American Folk Hero (Thurmond, West Virginia), Smithsonian Channel
  5. Recreating the John Henry contest with a Steel Drill
  6. A Brief Story on the Life of Casey Jones–American Folk Hero
  7. Casey Jones, with lyrics, sung by Johnny Cash
  8. On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe, sung by Judy Garland
  9. The Wabash Cannonball, sung by Johnny Cash
  10. The Wabash Cannonball, with lyrics
  11. Orange Blossom Special, sung by Johnny Cash
  12. Orange Blossom Special, played by Sgt. Marlisa Woods, with the U.S. Army Band
  13. Come Along and Ride this Train, with lyrics, sung by Johnny Cash
  14. Wreck of the Old 97, sung by Johnny Cash
  15. Original Wreck of the Old 97, with background story
  16. Roll On, Big Boy, sung by Nebraska 66
  17. Nine Thousand, sung by Nebraska 66
  18. First Railroad in Texas Arrives in 1852. Read or listen.


  1. Sixteen Tons, by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  2. Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean
  3. The Coal Miner Song
  4. Coal Miner’s Daughter, sung by Loretta Lynn
  5. The California Gold Rush
  6. Alaska Klondike Gold Rush
  7. North to Alaska, sung by Johnny Horton
  8. Coal Camp Girl, by Lois Lenski
  9. African-American Life in a Coal Camp
  10. National Coal Heritage Area
  11. Coaling Tower
  12. Remembering Life at Coal Creek
  13. Thurmond: A Town Born from Coal Mining and Railroads (lesson plan)
  14. Introduction to the West Virginia Mine Wars
  15. Nuttalburg
  16. Mining and Industrial Disasters
  17. Kaymoor
  18. Major Labor Figures of the West Virginia Mine Wars
  19. Mother Jones

American Patriotic Songs and Documents

  1. Medley by Johnny Cash: Come Along and Ride this Train, America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land
  2. The Story of the National Anthem
  3. Yankee Doodle, with lyrics
  4. God Bless the USA, sung by Lee Greenwood
  5. God Bless America, sung by Martina McBride
  6. The Star-Spangled Banner, with lyrics
  7. The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by Whitney Houston
  8. You’re a Grand Old Flag, with lyrics
  9. America, the Beautiful, with lyrics
  10. America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee), with lyrics
  11. America, sung by Neil Diamond, with lyrics
  12. Battle of New Orleans, sung by Johnny Horton
  13. Johnny Freedom, sung by Johnny Horton
  14. American Military Songs
  15. The National Symphony Orchestra performs the “Armed Forces Medley”
  16. The Ballad of the Green Berets
  17. The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, read by Max McLean
  18. The Reading of the U.S. Bill of Rights


  1. Texas, Our Texas (state song)
  2. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  3. Yellow Rose of Texas
  4. The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You, acapella, with lyrics
  5. Mockingbird Hill, sung by Burl Ives
  6. Beautiful Texas, sung by Willie Nelson, with lyrics
  7. Ballad of the Alamo, sung by Marty Robbins
  8. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  9. Battle of Sabine Pass
  10. The Battle of Galveston Harbor
  11. The Life of Juan Seguin
  12. Sam Houston and Secession
  13. Samuel Houston-The Stand for Texas Independence
  14. El Deguello at the Alamo
  15. Texas Symbols
  16. Online Tour of the Texas State Capitol
  17. Bullock Museum
  18. Texas History Timeline
  19. Pecos Bill Read Aloud
  20. The First Texas Germans
  21. Life of German Pioneers in Early Texas
  22. Public Education in German Texas
  23. The Six Flags Over Texas
  24. A Fourth Grade teacher presents a lesson on the 6 flags overTexas
  25. Julian Onderdonk, famous bluebonnet painter
  26. Meet Scott Joplin
  27. Texas Forts Trail–learn about forts built 1848-1900
  28. Buffalo Soldiers, formed 1866

Native Americans

  1. Osceola, a Seminole, Resists the Indian Removal Act of 1830
  2. American Indians of Texas
  3. Trail of Tears
  4. Seminoles–Native Americans Who Never Surrendered
  5. The Battle at Little Bighorn
  6. Sitting Bull for Kids
  7. American’s Great Indian Leaders
  8. Crazy Horse
  9. Crazy Horse Memorial
  10. Biography of Sitting Bull
  11. Battle of the Little Big Horn
  12. Amazing Grace in Cherokee
  13. Oldest Native American footage
  14. Comanches in Texas*
  15. Fort Sumner
  16. Caddo Mounds State Park
  17. The Caddo Indians of East Texas
  18. Native American Indian Chiefs
  19. Canyon de Chelly National Monument in the Navajo Nation
  20. Long Walk Tears of the Navajo
  21. Battle of Palo Duro Canyon  1
  22. American Indians of Texas

Cowboys and Ranching

  1. Hispanic Influence on Ranching in Texas
  2. Home on the Range, with lyrics
  3. Don’t Fence Me In, with lyrics
  4. I’m Gonna Leave Old Texas Now, with lyrics
  5. Happy Trails to You, sung by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, with lyrics
  6. Red River Valley, with lyrics
  7. Deep in the Heart of Texas, with lyrics
  8. History and Legend of the Texas Cattle Drive
  9. The Last Cowboy Song, with old cowboy photos
  10. Old Chisholm Trail, by Gene Autry
  11. Cowboys and Outlaws Epic Adventures: Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving
  12. The End of the Cattle Drive
  13. Cattle Call, sung by Leann Rimes and Eddy Arnold, with lyrics (Lyrics should say “dogies”, not “doggies”)
  14. Old Chisholm Trail, sung by Michael Martin Murphey