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U.S. History 1: Colonial Times through Reconstruction

Access resources for the study of United States history from colonial times through Reconstruction, including background reading, books, journal articles, websites, and primary sources.

Encyclopedias & Books

In addition to the other resources listed on this page, there are a couple of helpful series available in the stacks.

  1. Very Short Introductions
    Highlighted Titles in this Series:
    American History, Lincoln, North American Indians
  2. Historical Dictionaries of ...
    Highlighted Titles in this Series:

    Colonial America, the Civil War, the Civil War & Reconstruction, the Early American Republic, the Gilded Age, the Jacksonian Era & Manifest Destiny, the Progressive Era
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Primary Source Collections - Print


  • Papers, Letters and Correspondence of the presidents are located in the stacks. Search HENRY by author to locate available papers.
  • These papers, and others, are available through The American Presidency Project (see link below to access these papers online).

Primary Source Collections - Online

Search for Primary Sources

You can use some of the same subject headings you used to locate secondary sources to locate primary ones, such as: 

  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American.

  • United States -- History -- Sources.

  • United States -- Politics and government -- Sources.
  • United States -- Social conditions -- Sources.

Simply, add "primary source" to your search using the Note field.

If you need a refresher on how to do this, click here.

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