Mr. B's House of History

Hinc Lucem et Pocula Sacra

Links and Fun Stuff


Auburn High School - Welcome home!

AP US History - Official website of the course.

The Americans - Official website for "The Americans" textbook

Modern World History - Official website for the "Modern World History" textbook

Invisible Children - Help make a difference

Gaza/Sderot - 2 months in the life of Palestinians and Israelis trying to live through the war. Life - in spite of everything. This is without question the most moving documentary I've seen.

 The Boston Globe

National Review Online - THE ultimate magazine for Republicans and conservatives

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

The Economist - One of my favorite newspapers. "Geared for the intelligent," I can guarantee you WILL often read articles in my class.

Slate - internet based magazine owned by the Washington Post.

The Los Angeles Times


National Public Radio

World Radio Network - radio broadcasts from around the world. The link goes to English-only broadcasts.

World News Network

United Press International

BBC World News

The Tehran Times - Iranian news agency

Asia Times Online

China Daily

Japan Times

Al Jazeera - The only independent news outlet in the Middle East; based out of Qatar.

The Guardian - London based news agency

RIA Novosti - Russian media outlet

Johnson's Russia List - Daily e-mail newsletter containing Russian-related news and analysis.

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK - North Korea's news network....Guess who controls it?

Meet The Press - Political interview/debate program on NBC

New York Post and Boston Herald - Hearst and Pulitzer would be proud!

The Rachel Maddow Show - Oxford educated Rhodes Scholar. Incredible news reporting. I <3 her show.

Foreign Affairs - bi-monthly publication by the Council on Foreign Relations

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Virtual Jamestown

Have Fun With History - Website has TONS of useful links!
The History Faculty - Podcasts from historians.  Based out of the U.K.
Big Picture TV - free video clips of commentary from a growing number of world leaders including scientists, journalists, economists, businessmen, designers and politicians.
Global Issues - This web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are inter-related
China Digital Times - A project of the Berkeley China Internet Project at the University of California at Berkeley; China Digital Times is an excellent clearinghouse for news on China.
Berkeley China Initiative - More stellar work at UC Berkeley
Freedom House - nonpartisan organization advocating for worldwide democracy and freedom.
The CIA World Factbook - Apparently the CIA does more than covert ops.  Information on every country Planet Earth has to offer!
American Memory - literally MILLIONS of items digitized that document American history and culture.  Want a 3-D image of Lincoln's life mask?  You can find it here.
World Atlas - Maps, flags, geography facts and figures.
Avalon Project - A collection of documents in law, history, and diplomacy. Maintained by Yale University.
American Rhetoric - authentic audio collection of some of history's most precious speeches.
Internet History Sourcebooks - A collection of primary sources from throughout world history.  Maintained by Fordham University.
Old Magazine Articles - The name says it all.  Quite useful.

Historyteacher - The Holy Grail of history websites.  Search around and you'll find a link to well.....everything.

Population Reference Bureau - informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations

19th & 20th Century Labor Prints - political cartoons of 19th/20th century labor issues

Library of Congress - Country Studies - a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Library of Congress - Portals to the World - a comprehensive online resource collection on every country.

re:constructions - an on-line resource and study guide maintained by MIT, designed to spark discussions and reflections about the media's role in covering the events of 11 September 2001 and its aftermath.

Area Studies - information on government, politics, parties, and elections on a country by country basis.

Poly-Cy - Internet resources for political science.

Supreme Court Collection - database focusing on the Supreme Court of the United States.  Maintained by Cornell University Law School

Oyez! - Another Supreme Court database.  Has rare audio clips of trials and justice deliberations. 

ProCon - Database that presents controversial issues in a non-partisan, pro/con format.

Zimor - From the Dow Jones to the unemployment rate and everything in between, this website is dedicated to visualizing a multitude of economic trends.


A "think tank" is a research institute or organization employed to solve complex problems or predict or plan future developments
Watson Institute for International Studies - Geopolitical research through Brown University.  Find publications HERE and multimedia presentations HERE
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - A geopolitical research facility at Harvard University.  The link provided goes to their publications page.
CHIASMOS - University of Chicago Area and International Studies Multimedia Outreach Source
Brookings Institute - One of the oldest think tanks in the U.S.
RAND Corporation - global think tank.  Once focused on military agendas but has since
expanded to cover a variety of American and international issues.
The EastWest Institute - non partisan think tank located in Washington D.C., Moscow, and Brussels.
Council on Foreign Relations - The 'most important' foreign policy think tank in the United States
*A word of note:  These sites will most likely not be of any usefulness/interest to many of you. I added them here because I feel it's important to at least have access to these institutions as they either study important global issues or have a profound influence on global politics.
If you decide to read some of their material and find something of interest, talk to me.
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Exquisite collection in uptown Manhattan.  I try to go there every year.  From samurai regalia to Monet's Waterlilies, this place has it all.  
Boston Museum of Fine Arts - It's "down the road."  Go there.
The Higgins Armory -  The only institution in the Northeast dedicated to arms and armor.  Plan your ground offensive here!
Worcester Art Museum  - Literally down the road from AHS, this museum has a fantastic collection of art from around the world.  It is definitely worthy of your attention.  Go there.
Worcester Historical Museum - This place is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Worcester.
The Smithsonian Museums - To call this extensive collection in Washington D.C extensive would be an understatement of epic proportion.
Musei Vaticani - The Vatican boasts one of the largest collections in the world.  Oh, and that small work of art, the Sistine Chapel, is there.  
The Louvre - World famous museum in Paris. 
The Prado - Get your fill of Hieronymous Bosch at this world renowned museum in Madrid.
The Cloisters - Subsection of the Met that specializes in art and architecture of the European Middle Ages.
Museum of Modern Art - The most influential modern art museum in the world.
The Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology - Located at Harvard University, this museum houses one of the most prolific collection of Mesoamerican artifacts.
The Peabody Museum of Natural History - fantastic museum at Yale University.  Not really applicable for our classes, but its "close" proximity (New Haven, CT) makes it worthy of note.

FUN STUFF - Dabble when you're done with your work


Citation Machine - Why do all the work creating a bibliography when this AMAZING program will do it for you? Remember - You are using MLA

Strike it Rich! - Neat simulation made by PBS on the Gold Rush.  

The Redistricting Game - Gerrymander your constituents into disenfranchisement!

Inflation Calculator - Find out what things in the past would cost today.  It's all about perspective.

Political Compass - Computer application that will determine your political orientation.

Project Implicit - Want to know how you really feel about issues ranging from pets to political science?  Harvard University has the solution. Requires an email address.

Time Travel Cheat Sheet - Just in case.

Squares 2 -Painfully excellent.

Name That Beard - Who knew Rasputin had such dance moves?

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time - ALL the time.

Nuclear Blast Simulator -Self explanatory

Earth Viewer - See the world.

Shakespeare Insult Kit - For when you need to turn up the histrionics.

Curveball - None of you were around for Pong.  Come to think of it, neither was I.

30 Second Bunnies - Your favorite movies reenacted by bunny rabbits.  Yeah, that was my reaction too.

Are You Smarter Than Miss America - Should you do worse than her, please let me know.

Sporcle - Games that serve a purpose.  Test your typing skills while brushing up on your presidents.

I can haz cheezburger? - because lolcats are awesome.

Garfield Minus Garfield- Someone has found a way to make the Garfield cat comic strip funny: edit out Garfield.  Surreal

My Life is Average - Breaking news: Your life is most likely mundane and not glamorous or melodramatic like "Gossip Girl." Thankfully, someone has finally created a Web site for average people to commiserate about their average-ness. 

Project Gutenberg - An online database of about 100,000 classic books.  Who needs Barnes and Noble?

The Bloop - So apparently this sound heard by scientists underwater was made by a biological entity that must be several times larger than the largest blue whale on record. No one knows what made it - they only know that it is a living creature. CNN has the article HERE.  Happy swimming.

Embedding YouTube into PowerPoint 2007 - Incredibly helpful YouTube video.