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Author: Scott A. Merriman
Title: Site Reviews
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
April 2000

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Source: Site Reviews
Scott A. Merriman

vol. 3, no. 1, April 2000
Article Type: Site Review

Site Reviews

Alamo de Parras, the Story of the Alamo's Early History

Nearly all accounts of nineteenth-century American History include the story of the Alamo, and its role in the war for Texas' independence from Mexico. There are, accordingly, many web sites on the part the Alamo played in that struggle. Much lesser known is the Alamo's early history, and this web site aims to correct that slight. It discusses how the Spanish colonial powers and the Franciscans, among others, used the Alamo. A variety of historical documents are included, and internal and external links to related topics and sites are provided. The site well covers and explains the Alamo's more well-known role as well, though, with a battle chronology, muster rolls, and battle flags, and (one of my personal favorites) "Alamo Myths." Besides the various history portions, one can discuss a question in the Alamo Forum, learn about the Alamo today, or battle it out in the War Room, which the site describes as "not for the faint at heart."

Classic Life Car Photos

These photos date from 1901 to 1995, focusing on the cars of the 40s and 50s, and include some by famous photographers like Dorothea Lange. Lots of very interesting photographs, including one of Tucker and his "car of tomorrow." An interesting look at a bygone era, and a closer analysis of these photos can reveal quite a bit of information about those days, including dress, gender roles, and society. These photos are arranged in chronological order, and contains an index.

Cyberspace Law

This site aims to discuss the ever changing field of cyberspace law, which effects all who work on the internet, even if, as we hope, we do not run afoul of the law. Growing out of a course of the same name at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, the site has links to a mailing list on the topic, which has an archive. Also included is a very large alphabetized subject index on cyberspace law, running from advertising to Microsoft to unsolicited email. Also presented here are links to relevant cases, law review articles, and other material.

Cybrary of the Holocaust

This site seeks to commemorate and to remember the victims of the Holocaust, both the six million Jews and the five million other victims. The site is divided into two areas, the Forum, where issues are discussed, and a Research section, where one can learn more about the Holocaust. It also presents excerpts from books related to the Holocaust and one entire book, Someone is Watching over Me, by Florence Mayer Lieblich. Photos of a few concentration camps are also included, as well as information on a Holocaust Quilt. One interesting section is called "Search and Unite," which aims to help those "who suspect that someone may still exist somewhere out there."

A Descriptive Chronology of Key Events Shaping the History of Police and Policing in the United Kingdom.

This web site, created by the late Dr. Stanley D. Nash, Rutgers University Library, provides a chronology of the history of police in the United Kingdom. The site also links to an annotated bibliography on the subject, which is searchable and has links to related Internet sites. The chronology is broken down into specific periods, and provides cross references to other periods which deal with similar issues. A very valuable resource for those interested in this topic, even though it is not being any longer updated.


A site that discusses how to "do history," focusing on the diary of Martha Ballard, and Laura Thatcher Ulrich's Pulitzer Prize winning book A Midwife's Tale, which studied that daily journal. It is hoped that from these exercises one will learn something about "doing history" as well, beyond the specific knowledge gleaned. A film of the same name was also made, and the site aims to take you behind the scenes of that endeavor. This web effort contains a number of interactive elements. An ambitious effort funded by the NEH, the Cabot Foundation, and the Maine Humanities Council. A good marriage of the practical and the theoretical, bringing about the birth of a web site.

The Freedom Forum Online

This independent organization, successor of the Gannett Foundation, provides a website which renders information on all of the First Amendment freedoms (press, speech, religion and assembly). The site includes a special section on technology related topics, including the Microsoft litigation. Also presented are a trove of stories about First Amendment freedoms around the world. (Internationally, the Freedom Forum tries to monitor media issues all over the world and promote schools of journalism, among other efforts). The forum also provides a wide range of publications concerning the First Amendment. Among the issues currently mentioned on the site are: Flag Burning, censorship in prisons, the right of a campus group to exclude homosexuals, and prior restraints. The website also includes an on-line forum for people to discuss their views. A very useful site for those studying or concerned with First Amendment freedoms.

Emma Goldman Papers

This site discusses the print and microfilm editions of the Emma Goldman Papers. It includes selections from the printed guide to the microfilm, most notably the introduction, bibliographical and biographical essays. Sample documents from the book version of these papers, as well as suggestions for middle and junior high curriculums, are also presented here. Additionally, this effort reproduces some of the documents and photographs from the traveling exhibit of the Goldman Papers.

The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials

This collection, run by the Avalon Project of the Yale Law School, contains many of the major documents relating to these post-World War II trials. The documents include the rules of procedure, fifteen volumes of documents relating to the major figures tried, and documents used in the trials. In the last category are nuggets such as the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, and the Night and Fog decree. Also on-line here are documents from the Post War Military Government, and a list of SS ranks. Finally, the site contains links to related sites on the web.

Ricci Roundtable on the History of Christianity in China

This Roundtable grew out of a project aimed at collecting "information on the history of Christianity in China." The site is run by the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, at the University of San Francisco. It includes news of recent books and articles as well as relevant conferences on the topic. Also linked here are exhibits on the topic. The site embodies many relevant links, grouped by historical time period. This is still under construction, but currently contains information about biographies, bibliographies and archives. The archives section presents information about archive holdings in the United States and in China, and the U.S. archives are broken down by state. The information on each archive encompasses, where available, background, a description of the holdings a contact person and contact information. A great resource for people interested in this area.

Who Killed William Robinson?

This site examines three murders on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia in 1868. Two of the murders were never officially solved, and the one which "was," William Robinson's, remains an issue of dispute. All three victims were Black, and the man accused of killing Robinson was Aboriginal, so the racial dimension is more fully explored at the site. The site includes scores of images, newspaper articles and government documents. Most newspapers have been transcribed, but scanned copies of some original artifacts are included. This web site allows one to examine the justice system, the trial of the murderer of William Robinson, and the social history of the area through a large number of collected documents. The creators of the site also have a teacher's guide (which is available if one writes to them). Links to other areas for research into these topics are also available. A good marriage of labor, legal, political, and social history.

World War I - Trenches on the Web

This site promises a wide-ranging look at World War I, including a reference library, discussion forum, and some theme-based introductory tours. A variety of art, including battlefield art, and selections of music, as well as sonnets, are also presented here. It provides a search function and links to related sites and to reference materials. One notable feature of this site is its open approach and its thumbnail biographies of many major figures in that conflict.