This guide can help you find History materials from various OER providers.

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Highlighted U.S. History Materials

These materials are open educational resources (OER) that are free to use without first seeking permission from the author. However, how they may be used is determined by their licensing .  

The American Yawp

The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms.

Editors: Joseph Locke and Ben Wright

Licensing: CC BY 4.0

History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877

This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history

Author: Catherine Locks, et. al.

Licensing: CC BY-SA 4.0

The History Manifesto 

This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age. It will provoke discussion among policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs as well as ordinary listeners, viewers, readers, students and teachers. This title is available as Open Access.

Author: Guldi, J. and Armitage, D.

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U.S. History (OpenStax)

The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience).

Supplementary Materials: This textbook includes a course cartridge for Blackboard.

Author: P. Scott Corbett, et. al.

Licensing: CC BY 4.0

History OER Collections

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. 

World History

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