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American Civil War and Reconstruction: Online Primary Documents

Selected resources for AMH 4930, Senior Seminar, Dr. Sean Adams

Free Online Primary Documents

American Memory

Digital archive to historical documents, maps, sound recordings, and images.

Documenting the American South

Texts, images, audiofiles on history, literature and culture, colonial period to include the beginnings of the twentieth century.  From the University of North Carolina Library.  

US Civil War  (from the Internet History Sourcebooks Project )
With sections on:  The American Civil War,The Conflict over Slavery, Confederate and Union Documents, Military History of the Civil War, Social History of the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow


Library of Congress

Digital texts, prints, photographs, sound archives, and other e-resources from all time periods and countries.

Making of America  (University of Michigan)

Digital library of 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles in American social history, antebellum period through Reconstruction.

New York Public Library Digital Library Collection

Digital images from the NYPL collections--historical maps, illuminated manuscripts, prints and photographs. Includes texts and images from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

National Archives--Archival Research Catalog

Features online primary source materials for educational program DocsTeach, and online exhibits.  Also guides to archival collections in regional depositories (Atlanta, Georgia, is NARA’s Southeast Regional Repository). For more information,see:

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

The Digital Library Collections contain exhibitions, digitized books (many on the history of science and technology), papers from the Bureau of American Ethnology BULLETIN.


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In the First Person

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North American Women's Letters and Diaries

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Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 - 2000

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