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American History  Looking for information on how our country developed to what it is today? Here you will find library resources from when the Mayflower landed to the most recent events in American History.

American History (GVRL)  A collection of always available eBooks covering the Arts, history, law, literature, multicultural studies, the nation & the world, religion, science & social sciences. Covers the events and people in American History includes the by decades, eras, biographies and primary source materials.

This Month in History  Do you know what happened during the current month in the past? Here are a few events for you to explore. Also, test your knowledge of famous people born in during the month.

U.S. History InContext  U.S. History

American History

U.S. History Topics - Junior Reference Collection  Select a popular topics from American History to find reference books, primary sources and multi-media on the topic.

American History  America didn't just appear, we had to fight to exist! Find out how we got here, what it took, and what's happening now. It all shapes what we are! And, you can find a "This day in History" here, also!

American Memory Project  From the Library of Congress, American History as it really happened.

Historical Statistics of the United States  Historical Statistics of the United States makes access to five sorts of US Statistics easy! Find Population, Work and Welfare, Economic Structure and Performance, Economic Sectors, and Governance and International Relations easy!

Today in History  Pick a day to learn what happened in the past on that day.

Westward Expansion  America's Old West: its own popular culture, and its representation in today's culture.

American History - African Americans

Encyclopedia of American Race Riots Volume 1 A-M  Greenwood Milestones in African American History

Encyclopedia of American Race Riots Volume 2 N-Z & Primary Documents   Greenwood Milestones in African American History.

Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration Volume 1-2  The Great Migration brought immense political, economic, and cultural change to the United States as millions of African-Americans left the South in search of social, economic, and political justice.Greenwood Milestones in African American History

Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration Volume 3, Primary Documents  Greenwood Milestones in African American History.

American History - African Americans - General

The African American Almanac  Provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture. Includes coverage of such topics as: Africa and the Black diaspora; film and television; landmarks; national organizations; population; religion; science and technology; and sports.

The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience  Discusses the history of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the present. Includes memoirs, letters, family histories, newspapers, oral histories, and city directories, providing historical evidence to help understand and interpret past events.

American History - Civil War

American Civil War Reference Library  Provides comprehensive and wide ranging research options on this compelling era of American history.

Civil War Digital Archive  Almost 500 documents about the Civil War. An overview of military, diplomatic, cultural, and legal history. Also special material about the South, African Americans, healthcare and medicine, technology and more.

Voices of the American Civil War: Stories of Men, Women, and Children Who Lived Through the War Between the States  Immerse your students in these 27 gripping accounts of men, women, and children-from the North and the South-who lived, fought, and survived the Civil War.

American History - Civil War - Slavery

Atlas of the Civil War  This atlas describes the Civil War in five chronological sections, each of which frames the war as both a military conflict and a substantial social force that shaped the United States. In addition to substantial coverage of the war's multiple military theaters, this atlas also devotes substantial attention to nonmilitary elements of the struggle. Maps of population, economic development, elections, transportation networks accompany the text articles.

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion Volume 1, A-N   Greenwood Milestones in African American History.

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion: Volume 2, O-Z & Primary Documents  Greenwood Milestones in African American History.

History in Dispute -Slavery in the Western Hemisphere, 1500-1888  Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on slavery in the Western Hemisphere, 1500-1888, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe.

Slavery in America Digital Archive  This digital archive documents key aspects of the history of slavery in America from its origins in Africa to its abolition, including materials on the slave trade, plantation life, emancipation, pro-slavery and anti-slavery arguments

American History - Literature

American History Through Literature 1820-1870 3v.  Presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

American History Through Literature 1870-1920 3v.  

American History - Native Americans

American Indian History [Two Volumes]  Surveys Native American history from ancient times to the twentieth century. Entries cover specific topics and incidents from a Native American perspective, including categories such as court cases and legal decisions, wars and battles, reservations and relocation, organizations, religion and missionary activities, national government and legislation, native government, treaties, and protest movements.

American Indian History Online  A premier resource for information on Native Americans contains biographies, events, primary sources, timelines, images maps and charts.

Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law  Examines the history and impact of U.S. relations with Native Americans. Entries cover many topics relating to U.S./Native American relations, from history, politics, and sociology to civil rights and culture.

Native Americans - Student Resources InContext  

Native Peoples of America  From first arrivals through present-day controversies, this text uses story telling and a powerful narrative to bring historical figures to life.

Nevada Native Americans  

American History - Nevada History

Discover Nevada History  

Nevada Historical Myths  

Online Nevada Encyclopedia  This multimedia encyclopedia offers articles on Nevada's history and peoples, natural history, arts and culture and business and the economy. Also includes the history and growth of gaming in the state.

American History - Revolutionary War

American Revolutionary Digital Archive  This digital archive documents the revolution and war that created the United States, from the earliest protests in 1765 through the peace treaty of 1783.

History in Dispute - American Revolution  Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on the American Revolution, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe.

Timeline of American Revolutionary War  From 1760 to 1791, major events of the American Revolutionary War

Voices of the American Revolution: Stories of Men, Women, and Children Who Forged Our Nation  Stories of Men, Women, and Children Who Forged Our Nation.


American Decades  Covers everything from monumental events and groundbreaking individuals to the fascinating details of Americans' daily lives. Supports historical research in disciplines from the arts and business to law, medicine, technology and social trends.

Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1870-1920  A compelling exploration of the daily lives of immigrants during the second wave - from 1870 to 1920.

Family Life in 19th-Century America  The roles of all 19th centry family members are defined and information on daily family life, the role of the family in society, and the ever-changing definition of family are discussed.

Court Trials

Crimes and Trials of the Century: Volume 1  From the Black Sox Scandal to the Attica Prison Riots.

Crimes and Trials of the Century: Volume 2  From Pine Ridge to Abu Ghraib

Scottsboro and Its Legacy: The Cases that Challenged American Legal and Social Justice  A vivid account of the Scottsboro Boys case-the alleged crimes, their legal aftermath, and their immediate and enduring social significance.


Economy  Provides a comprehensive examination of the complex ways in which economies succeed or fail, covering the role and value of currency, the reasons that recessions happen, and why some countries are poor while others are rich.


Voting and the Electoral College  All the resources you need to learn about the voting process and how our next President will get elected.


History  From the History Channel, information supporting the television programs.

Geography & Maps

Geography and Maps - Hot Topic  Find information about the earth and it's resources.

Geography Topics - Junior Reference Collection  Subject search for "geography" in Junior Reference collection. Includes: Ancient Geography Economic Geography Human Geography Voyages and Travels

U.S. Geography  Find out about your state, or any state in the US. There are maps and information for you to use!

Government & Politics

Government - Student Resources InContext  Variety of topics on American Government from a variety of sources including primary documents, books, newspapers and more.

A Liberal Tool Kit: Progressive Responses to Conservative Arguments  This handbook for the Democratic Left makes accessible to the general public strong liberal arguments on the key issues under debate as the 2008 presidential election approaches.

American Government  Have questions about how the government works? Find out more here! What is our government based on? How do the different branches work? What are your rights? And, what do you need to know to make the most of your government?

The Patriot Act: A Documentary and Reference Guide  Provides insight into the federal government's rationale for domestic surveillance and the political and public response to the unprecedented federal powers acquired through the USA PATRIOT Act.

United States Congress on the Internet  Up to minute information about legislation from the Library of Congress, aimed and middle- and high-schoolers. Also includes teacher resources.

Government & Politics - State & Local

Federalism/State and Local Government - Student Resources InContext  Provides a variety of resources from books to videos on local, state and national government.

Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspapers  Looking for news from history? Want to know what happened on your birth date in the past? Want to know what happened on this day in history? Use the timeline or search to see the actual newspaper articles!

Los Angeles Times (1881 - 1988) & New York Times (1851-2007)  Search for full-text and full-image digital reproductions of every page from every issue - cover-to-cover in downloadable PDF files.

Nineteenth Century Newspapers  Cover-to-cover coverage of each newspaper. Great resource for history,

Image Galleries

Life Magazines Digital Images  Life magazine's photo archive is now available online. Over 2 million images are available dating back to the 1750's. Images can be used for personal use.

Picturing America  Gain a deeper appreciation of our country's history and character through the study and understanding of its art.

Picturing Modern America 1880-1920  Build your skills of 'reading' photos as you look for the clues. You can build your own histroical exhibit using photgraphs.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Encyclopedia of United States – Latin American Relations  Details the political, economic, and military interconnections between the United States and the countries of Latin America, including Mexico and the nations in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.


Pancho Villa and Black Jack Pershing: The Punitive Expedition in Mexico  In March 1916, a Mexican bandit raided, burned, and looted the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico for reasons not clearly understood. In retaliation, the United States Army went into Mexico to apprehend him and bring him to justice. The expedition was a failure. The bandits made fools of the Army, the entire episode was one giant fiasco, and while it was an embarrassment to the United States, it was a point of pride for Mexico.

Presidentst & Political Leaders

American Inaugurals: The Speeches, The Presidents, and Their Times  Presents the inaugural addresses of each of the 43 United States Presidents. Each entry includes a brief biography, a list of important events during that president's term of office, the actual text of the speech, and notable quotes. Illustrated with portraits and reproductions of period paintings, photos, and engravings.

Rourke's Complete History of Our Presidents  Discusses the political lives and times of the men who served as United States presidents, their administrations, and the events which occurred during their tenures.


Americans at War  Covers major American conflicts from the Colonial Wars through the War on Terrorism in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the home front. Illustrated articles cover both biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory and national identity, civic celebrations, monumental art, literature, the roles of women and minorities, veterans, science and technology, humor, and music. General audiences.

Wars - World War II

American Home Front in World War II  Examines the effect of World War II on people living in America. The Almanac discusses major events on the home front, including the changing role of women, Civil Defense and the draft. Biographies highlights 26 key figures, such as John L. Lewis, J. Robert Oppenheimer and others. Primary Sources includes primary material from a variety of sources, including speeches, documents and other material.