Catherine Locks, Sarah Mergel, Pamela Roseman, Tamara Spike, and Marie Lasseter
History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 is a downloadable, free-to-use textbook licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history.
Prior to its publication, History in the Making underwent a rigorous double blind peer review, a process that involved over thirty scholars who reviewed the materially carefully, objectively, and candidly in order to ensure not only its scholarly integrity but also its high standard of quality.
This book provides a strong emphasis on critical thinking about US History by providing several key features in each chapter. Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students to understand what they will learn in each chapter. Before You Move On sections at the end of each main section are designed to encourage students to reflect on important concepts and test their knowledge as they read. In addition, each chapter includes Critical Thinking Exercises that ask the student to deeply explore chapter content, Key Terms, and a Chronology of events.
Dee McKinney and Katie Shepard
This hybrid textbook and open course is a comprehensive set of teaching materials for Western Civilization I (until 1648), created through a Round Six ALG Textbook Transformation Grant.
Files are compressed into .zip folder format by lesson here. You can also view the original open course through LibGuides at East Georgia State College:
Topics covered include prehistory and ancient history by region, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.
Eugene Berger, George Israel, Charlotte Miller, Brian Parkinson, Andrew Reeves, and Nadejda Williams
1/14/2018: Accessibility update; no changes to the content.
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as 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.
It includes 350 high-quality images and maps, chronologies, and learning questions to help guide student learning. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding their educational experience beyond the textbook. It provides a new and free alternative to traditional textbooks, making World History an invaluable resource in our modern age of technology and advancement.