If you find these materials interesting, we recommend that you also visit similar efforts–we keep a running list of relevant resources at delicious.com/tchammond/geospatial, but notable parallels includeefforts–no guarantees that these links still work, tho...
- Jamie Gustin's Google Earth users guide for social studies teachers.
- Rick Thomas' In Time and Place website and GIS for History eBook.
- Carol Larow's Google Historical Voyages and Events
- Joshua Radinsky's GIS for History project at the University of Illinois - Chicago
- Jung Eun Hong's GIS for Social Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder
- The Virginia Geographic Alliance's GIS Lessons for K-12.
- Bill Ferster's VisualEyes project at the University of Virginia.
- The Teaching American History Project at Portland State – they have an extensive dataset on Northwestern topics, but also strong materials for broadly-applicable topics.
- ThinkQuest's Teaching History with GIS site. Appears to have been inactive for a long time, but has invaluable .shp files available for download.
- Herb Thomson's A Geographic View of World History (available through either NCGE or Carte Diem Press): 32 lesson plans for World History, World Geography, and/or AP courses.
- Not a curricular resource, but: Check out Esri's map of GIS in US K12 contexts. Lots of tabs in there! Do explore.
Our files are currently organized chronologically by topic.
circa 4000 BCE - 0: Cradles of Civilization (as per AP World History)
Description: Uses a vendor-provided basemap to present discussion of Triangle Trade: teacher (or students) can drag on and manipulate images of slaves (slave ship Brooks), cotton, sugar, molasses, and rum. Also includes portraits of John and Moses Brown and the Brown University logo. Second page of file has info on Brown family for discussion of role of slavery (or profits from slave trade) in building this institution.
1787-1790: Constitutional Convention v. First Census
Google Earth file of relevant places in Philadelphia developed by Jeff Snyder, 2010: Constitutional_Convention_places_ver02.kmz
Description: Provides viewers with a sense of the space occupied by delegates at the Constitutional Convention (primarily the historic district). Includes an image overlay of a period map of Philadelphia plus placemarkers for Independence Hall, local boarding houses and gathering places, etc.
GIS file of population data developed by Jeff Snyder, 2010: Constitutional_Convention_ver01.m3vz
Description: Uses the 1790 census to explore ArcGIS Online map (Tom Hammond, 2020) with layers for population estimates used at Convention (see source, below), plus 1790 census, plus ratio layer to compare overestimates (CT) vs. underestimates (everywhere else, but particularly the south): https://arcg.is/n5XCL
To be further explored: Unpacking the political dynamics of the 3/5ths Compromise--how to balance the voting power of southern and northern states?
Still in development: Adding layers showing the data used by the convention members, removing states to conform to the 1787 map (e.g., Vermont).Source: Population estimate data drawn from notes by David Brearley, presented in Potter, L. (2006). Population estimates used by Congress during the Constitutional Convention. Social Education, 70, 270-2. Brearley's numbers are transcribed into a publicly-available Google Spreadsheet
1787 - 1958: Addition of U.S. State Governments
1790 - 1870: Antebellum African-American populationpopulation / Enslaved populations under the Constitution
ArcGIS Online version – covering only 1790, 1820, 1840, and 1860 – by Tom Hammond, 2020: https://arcg.is/190HHi
Description: Allows users to inspect population data to view the gradual extinction of slavery in the north and the intensification of slavery in the south--in 1790, the southern states' populations had at most 40% (approx.) enslaved persons; by 1860, this figure had risen to almost 60%. See teaching notes for suggestions.
Still in development: Adjusting the organization of population data and map displays. For example: Maine is presented as a separate state; it was actually part of Massachusetts until 1820
1791 - 1794: Whiskey Rebellion
1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
Contemporary / non-chronological material
Description: Overlay that colors each nation (following the national borders, with some errors), making Google Earth's satellite data more closely resemble a traditional globe that displays political geography. Note that it has some mistakes / lack of current data (e.g., Ireland is unified; Sudan isn't split).