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History – Primary Sources

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American Decades – Primary Sources

Spanning American history in the 20th Century, this source offers access to more than 2000 primary source materials including selected speeches, letters, legal decisions, government documents, lyrics, advertisements, literary scripts, recipes, scrapbooks, cartoons, and many other types of material. Entries are in chronological order and are supplemented with introductory notes, comments on the significance of the document, and suggestions for further reading.

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Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records

A collection of primary source documents from a wide range of archival repositories. “Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records” is a module within the ProQuest History Vault collection. Covering 1901 to 1991, the focus of this module is on the political side of the freedom movement, the role of civil rights organizations in pushing for civil rights legislation, and the interaction between African Americans and the federal government in the 20th Century. Major topics covered: peonage, lynching, civil rights demonstrations, civil rights legislation, riots, and Black Power. Collections include “Black Workers in the Era of the Great Migration, 1916-1929” and “Centers of the Southern Struggle: FBI Files on Montgomery, Albany, St. Augustine, Selma, and Memphis.

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FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974

FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 offers researchers primary source accounts of international economic, environmental, military, political, and social events. It contains first-hand news coverage translated by experts from the original language (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Russian and many others) into English. Media represented include foreign radio and television news broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements. These are the reports American diplomats and other U.S. decision makers relied on to understand major events as they unfolded around the globe.

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Historical New York Times

(1851-2008) Provides full text access to the New York Times up to three years ago. Historical New York Times provides information on a wide variety of topics including national and international news, biographies, social and economic issues, the arts, literature, music, the sciences, business, and much more. The database may be searched by author, dates, keywords, and title. Editorials, reviews, obituaries, photos, illustrations, and ads are included. Individual articles or the whole page may be viewed.

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Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Source

International in scope, this title contains primary source materials from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries. Broad topics include the development of human rights, slavery and genocide, imprisonment, health and housing, labor and working conditions, civil and political rights, and others. Also included are a chronology and a bibliography.

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Nation Archive

The Nation Archive Premium Edition contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of The Nation, beginning with its first issue in 1865 all the way to the present. The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine and one if its premier journals of opinion since its inception in 1865. The Nation has long been regarded as one of the country’s definitive journalistic voices of writing on politics, culture, books, and the arts, and continues to stand as the independent voice in American journalism.

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Oxford Islamic Studies Online

An authoritative, dynamic online resource for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians, Oxford Islamic Studies Online brings together the best current scholarship in the field and promotes accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. This fully integrated resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and will be regularly updated Includes the full content of four key scholarly works, 180 entries from the six-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (which will add more than 800 new scholarly articles to the site before the end of 2008), two essential English-language interpretations of the Qur’an, the first electronic version of the standard Concordance used by English-speaking scholars around the world, and primary source documents.

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Readers’ Guide Retrospective 1890-1982 (H.W. Wilson)

(1890 – 1982) Readers’ Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. Subjects covered include Aeronautics, African-Americans, Aging, Archeology, Astronomy, Automobiles, Biographies, Business, Children, Education, Environment, Fashion, Film, Fine Arts, Food, Foreign Affairs, Gardening, Health, History, Hobbies, Home, Journalism, Leisure Activities, Literature, Medicine, Music, News, Nutrition, Photography, Politics, Popular Culture, Radio, Religion, Science, Sports, Technology, Television, Travel.

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Television News Archive/Vanderbilt University

Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News. Video content from CNN viewable with RealOne media player. Descriptive summaries of the Vanderbilt University collection of network television news programs and other news-related programming collected in its archive since August 5, 1968. Loan copies of videotapes in 3/4 inch U-matic & 1/2 inch VHS. format are available for a fee from the Archive.

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Times Literary Supplement [TLS] Historical Archive [1902-2012]

TLS Historical Archive (1902-2012) is a primary source database of historical reviews of major books of fiction and nonfiction published in every language and on every topic. It provides a unique record of developments in literature, politics, and the arts. TLS reviews are highly valued by literary scholars, but also by historians and other academic researchers. Some of the greatest literary critics and writers (e.g., Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot) of their time wrote reviews for this publication.

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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

(1600 – 2000) This database in American women’s history includes more than 70 document projects, each of which poses a topic and provides a collection of documents, images and links to websites to address the topic. About 5000 pages are added annually to the present database of nearly 30,000 pages of primary and secondary documents. Nearly 600 publications from the Women’s Commission Reports are also being added. Other features are a chronology of U.S. women’s history and a dictionary of social movements and organizations.

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