A couple of days ago, I mentioned the Google News Timeline, a very cool tool for finding news articles chronologically.
I just ran across a recent post over at the Never Ending Search blog (part of the School Library Journal site) that highlights another timeline that might be useful for social studies teachers. Titled the Congressional Timeline and maintained by the Dirkson Congressional Center, the timeline includes some pretty detailed stuff from the 73rd Congress of 1933 to the 111th Congress of 2009:
- Major laws — more than 200 examples — passed by Congress from 1933 to the present
- The partisan composition of each Congress, along with the presidential administration and the congressional leaders
- The session dates of each Congress
- Measures of legislative productivity, such as the number of bills introduced and passed
- Information about women and African-Americans serving in Congress
- Examples of documents and audiovisual materials related to legislation
- The ability to add information to the timeline by using the wiki feature
The Dirkson Center says that they also plan
to leave room for expansion to include such elements as a timeline of notable, non-congressional events and selections from our historical collections.
There is some richness in the site and it will continue to get better as the Dirkson people add to it. It seems incredibly useful to government and civics teachers. And as more “non-congressional events” are added, it will get even better.