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Open Educational Resources: History

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The American Yawp

A free, online American History textbook collaboratively built by over 300 academic historians and designed for college-level courses. It covers the entirety of American history from the New World to the Recent Past, and also includes a Primary Source Reader providing documents related to each chapter.

U.S History

Provided by OpenStax, this free, open source textbook was written by scholars and peer-reviewed, and it covers the entire breadth of the chronological history of the U.S. It is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses in American History. Instructors can create customized versions and offer low-cost print options as well.

A History of the United States, Vol. 2

Beginning with Western Expansion, this text provided by Saylor Academy covers Western Expansion through the present. It is designed for a full semester course for students with both history and non-history majors.

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500

Authored by faculty members from the University System of Georgia, this textbook provides a comprehensive introduction of world history covering prehistory to 1500 including Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India's Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia.

Textbook Databases

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