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American History (1867-present)

This guide is a supplement to HIST 1302

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Ticket for 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago

Take some time to formulate your search terms.  Are you looking for an event, legal case, political organization [Tet Offensive, Detroit Riots, Plessy v. Ferguson, Black Panther Party] or legislation [Wiretapping Act of 1968, which is officially know as the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968] or a specific era [Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, “Jim Crow”].  Keywords will lead you to more topics to help you narrow your search:

United States -- Social conditions -- 1865-1918; Southern States -- Social conditions -- 1865-1945; United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century; Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century; Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Social aspects; Reconciliation -- Social aspects -- United States -- History; African Americans -- Social conditions -- 19th century; Women --

Keyword Searching

Political cartoon of Rockefeller holding the White House in his hand.

For PRIMARY SOURCES, try your subject terms PLUS a combination of these terms:

primary sources, digital library, oral history, repository, photographs, digital humanities, visualization, archive, FINDING AID, images, film, ephemera, broadside

WHERE to search

Online Historical Resources:  Library of Congress, US National Archives, US State Archives, and National Archives (UK).  Also local and state historical societies.

College & University Digital Collections (with search term digital collection or digital library), more University Library Resources