Real Reads American Classics resource links

Here are some links to other websites which will aid classroom or home study using Real Reads American classics books.

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Mark Twain

www.cmgww.com/historic/twain

The official website of Mark Twain’s estate.

www.marktwainhouse.org

The Victorian mansion of the Clemens family in Hartford, Connecticut, is a fascinating museum of the author’s life and era.

www.marktwainmuseum.org

Hannibal, Missouri has preserved the Clemens and ‘Thatcher’ family homes, as well as other sites made immortal in Mark Twain’s books.

www.mohistory.org

The Missouri Historical Society – search here for ‘Mark Twain’.

www.waymarking.com

Search for ‘Underground Railroad’ for a list of historical sites connected with the secret escape routes and safe houses used by abolitionists to assist the liberated refugees.

www.missouricaves.com/team/mark-twain-cave

The Missouri Caves Association site has photos of the actual Mark Twain Cave, just south of Hannibal, the childhood home of Sam Clemens, on which he based Tom’s St Petersburg.

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Moby Dick

www.whale-world.com/facts-aboutwhales-for-kids.html

Good basic information about whales.

www.whalingmuseum.org

Based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which replaced Nantucket as the principal whaling port on the North American east coast. This site covers all aspects of whaling.

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The Awakening

www.katechopin.org/the-awakening

The Kate Chopin International Society’s page for materials and links relating to The Awakening.

edsitement.neh.gov/curricula/kate-chopins-awakening

A three-lesson plan with resources, created by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

www.lpb.org/programs/kate-chopin-a-re-awakening

Information about Kate Chopin from an award-winning documentary on her life and work produced by Louisiana Public Television.

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The Call of the Wild

www.biography.com/writer/jack-london

A biography of Jack London

maps.google.com – The Call of the Wild

A themed Google map showing the places mentioned in The Call of the Wild.

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The Great Gatsby

www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1564.html

This page, part of a wider US history site, concentrates on the Roaring Twenties and provides excellent background information about American society at the time of The Great Gatsby.

www.1920-30.com

This ‘Historical Snapshot of Life in the 1920s’ offers a chance to learn about many aspects of life – from science to popular films to hairstyles – in that hectic decade.

www.prohibition.osu.edu

This site, produced by Ohio State University, gives the background to Prohibition in the United States. It also examines how successful the move was in stamping out alcohol, how it was enforced and why it was repealed.

www.biography.com/writer/f-scott-fitzgerald

The Biography Channel site devoted to F. Scott Fitzgerald provides an excellent overview of the author’s life and lasting influence.

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The Red Badge of Courage

www.civilwarhome.com/chancell.htm

Part of the excellent Civil war home project, this site is devoted to the Battle of Chancellorsville, which provided the inspiration for The Red Badge of Courage.

xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/CRANE/badge.html

This site, devoted to The Red Badge of Courage, has accounts of American and British reaction to the novel when it was published as well as links to useful Civil War sites.

www.online-literature.com/crane

A comprehensive collection of the author’s work, with biographical information and a forum for discussion.

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The Scarlet Letter

www.plimoth.org

This is the fascinating interactive site of Plimoth Plantation, a ‘living museum’ that recreates the settlement established by seventeenth-century English colonists in Massachusetts.

teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/researchstarters/plymouth

Information about the Plymouth Colony, including links to details of Boston and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

www.salemwitchmuseum.com

An excellent resource for information on the famous Witch Trials, and about life in colonial Massachusetts.

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