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Southwest Crossroads: Cultures and Histories of the American Southwest is a dynamic, interactive, on-line learning matrix of original texts, poems, fiction, maps, paintings, photographs, oral histories, and films that allows users of all ages to explore the many contentious stories that diverse peoples have used to make sense of themselves and the region.

This website was funded under a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” grant and created through a partnership between Project Crossroads and the School for Advanced Research (SAR). Additional updates have been supported by the SAR President’s Council. The NEH and SAR President’s Council are not responsible for its content.


Almost 1,000 original documents, maps, paintings, photographs, and multimedia files are available through Southwest Crossroads. To provide access to this rich diversity of material, the website features a sophisticated search engine programmed specifically to explore the structure of Southwest Crossroads. And as you identify materials of special interest, registered users can save them to customized Bookmarks folder that will be available during future visits!


To assist teachers, Southwest Crossroads features Footpaths—lesson plans for students in grades 7-12, created by and for educators. Each Footpath presents selected materials and carefully designed questions that guide students through lessons tied to curricular standards. Footpaths encourage students to remain focused while exploring a diversity of documents, images, and multimedia features. Footpaths include practical information to help teachers plan and select appropriate lessons.


Southwest Crossroads Spotlights have been created by the authors of Southwest Crossroads as general introductions on key topics in Southwest history. After reading each Spotlight, follow the associated links to get in-depth, specific information. Or keep reading Spotlights for more fascinating introductions to topics like Southwest arts, migration, or warfare—which together provide an overall view of the people and events that have shaped Southwest history.