Resources on American family life, diversity, religion, and social issues.
American Culture &
Biographies of Famous
Artists, Writers and Composers
Human Rights Activists
Inventors, Technicians, Businessmen, and Pioneers
Race in America
The Civil Rights Movement and the Legacy of Martin
Provides information about the civil rights movement, Dr. King's speeches, and
background on other civil rights leaders.
Major Features of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Provides a case history of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
1964 Civil Rights Act
Complete text of entire Act, which made racial discrimination in public places,
such as theaters, restaurants and hotels, illegal.
Brown v. Board of Education of
Topeka, Kansas (1954)
Text of the Brown v. Board of Education landmark case and its implications.
Plessy v. Ferguson
Complete text of the Plessy v. Ferguson case.
1957 Civil Rights Act
Complete text of the 1957 Civil Rights Act.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brief biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Enabling Equality: An Overview
This article from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights provides an overview
of the progress and problems that have taken place since the passage of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an
Individual With a Disability
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in
employment against a qualified individual with a disability. This document
provides an overview of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Disability Rights Movement Timeline
Document that details the chronology of events in the disability rights
Age Discrimination in Employment
Act of 1967
Full text of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act of
Act ensuring that all consumers are given an equal chance to obtain credit.
Equal Employment Opportunity Act
Full text of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, which is an
amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Equal Pay Act of 1963
Full text of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits sex-based wage
discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who are
performing under similar working conditions.
Fair Housing Act of 1968
Act prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, and
Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968
Act which gives Native Americans access to the courts for restoration of rights
to their ancestral lands and reparation.
Older Americans Act of 1965
Act which established the Administration on Aging to oversee the development of
services and opportunities for older people in every community across the
Pregnancy Discrimination Act of
Amendment to the 1964 civil rights act which prohibits discrimination on the
basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996)
Ruling stating that gays and lesbians can not be denied full protection under
Ex parte Milligan (1866)
Introduction to and text of Ex parte Milligan, which ruled that military rule
could not supercede civil rights.
On the Road from Slavery to Freedom
Introduction to the period in U.S. History that ushered the end of slavery.
Martin Luther King Jr: "I Have A Dream"
Full text of Dr. King's famous speech on the hope for equality of all
Disability and Ability
Opens with President Bush's proclamation on the 16th anniversary of the
Americans with Disabilities Act. This edition of eJournal USA follows three
themes from his speech; Guarding the Rights of Others, Building on the
Progress, and Celebrating the Contributions.
Ethnic Groups and Immigration
Demographic & Population Statistics
USA Quick Facts
U.S. Census Bureau. Quick, easy access to summary statistics about people,
businesses, and geography.
U.S. Census Bureau. Total population of the USA from 1900 onwards.
Challenges for the U.S. Census in the Information Age
What is the purpose of the census? How is it tabulated and how are the data
utilized? How will the upcoming census take into account the shortcomings of
previous tabulations? The author, a prominent demographer and specialist on
Census 2000, discusses these and other issues.
Self-Employed Persons With Home-Based
Statistics on self-employed persons with home-based businesses, broken down by
sex, race and Hispanic origin, type of occupation and industry.
White House page offers population, income, poverty, earnings, and
Percent Population Change by State
Map which illustrates percent population change by state.
Employment, Unemployment and
White House page offers population, income, poverty, earnings, and
Income, Expenditures and Wealth
White House page offers statistical information on U.S. income, expenditures
Selected Per Capita Income
Statistical information on per capita income from 1929 to 2002.
Consumer and Producer Price Indices
White House page offers statistics on consumer and producer price indices.
Starts, Production, Sales, Orders
White House page offers statistics on new housing starts as well as the
production, sales, orders and inventories of housing.
Life & Children
The American Family
An electronic journal providing a look into the nature of the American family.
America's Children: Key National Indicators of
The 7th annual monitoring report of the status of the nation's children
released by the U.S. Government. Nine contextual measures describe the changing
population, family, and environmental context in which children are living, and
25 indicators depict the well-being of children in the areas of economic
security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.
Children's Living Arrangements and
This report provides information on several characteristics of children,
covering different aspects of their lives.
Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements
Parents in the labor force face numerous decisions when balancing their work
and home life, including choosing the type of care to provide for their
children while they work.
Chart: Births, Infant Mortality, and Life
Expectancy Graph and Chart of Birth, Infant Mortality, and Life Expectancy in
Charts and graphs from 1980 onwards.
Family and Community Involvement
Resources on parental involvement in education and community relationships from the U.S. Network for Education Information.
American Religious History
Religion in America Today
An overview of Medicare benefits.
U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy Research: Checkup
on Health Insurance Choices
Information on health insurance options.
The Nutrition Safety Net at Work
for Families: A Primer for Enhancing the Nutrition Safety Net for Workers and
This guide focuses on improving access to low-income working families who seek
National Health Expenditures by Type
Table containing historical statistics on U.S. health expenditures.
Graphs on health statistics provided by the White House Social Statistics
Health and Nutrition
Report that presents statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage,
including Medicare and Medicaid, medical personnel, hospitals, nursing homes
and other care facilities, injuries, diseases, disability status, nutritional
intake of the population, and food consumption.
Health Systems for HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases
An electronic journal that is devoted to bringing together civic, medical, and government resources to shape a response to HIV/AIDS which addresses prevention, treatment, and care.
Crime and Justice
Volunteerism and Philanthropy
The United States: A Nation of Volunteers
Discusses volunteerism as an aspect of American culture.
Volunteering in the United States
Issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, this
press release reports on volunteerism in the United States.
Giving: U.S. Philanthropy
This journal highlights several forms of giving and the activities of a wide
variety of philanthropic organizations, some under the patronage of the rich
and famous, others created and operated by ordinary people. It also contains
valuable resources for those who want to learn about nonprofit management,
grant writing, and other topics related to modern philanthropy.