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Databases

Britannica Academic Edition
Britannica Academic combines the Encyclopædia Britannica with Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools. Articles are written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other experts.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
The Slavery in America Collection of HeinOnline brings together all of the known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery from the collection of the B&ECPL.  Available at all library locations Virtual Tour

 

Websites

American Memory
A digital library of treasures from the Library of Congress, everything from photographs, maps and manuscripts to music, booklets, pamphlets, and even baseball cards.

Digital History
Provides a U.S. history textbook, essays, documents, maps, photos, audio files, and more for teachers and students of American history in schools and colleges.

Khan Academy: U.S. History Overview
"The tutorials in this topic will take you on sweeping journeys through time so that you can get the really BIG picture for how things fit together."

Universal Newsreels
In the pre-TV era, people saw the news every week in their neighborhood movie theaters. Newsreels were shown before every feature film and in dedicated newsreel theaters located in large cities. Universal Newsreel, produced from 1929 to 1967, was released twice a week. Each issue contained six or seven short stories, usually one to two minutes in length, covering world events, politics, sports, fashion, and whatever else might entertain the movie audience. These newsreels offer a fascinating and unique view of an era when motion pictures defined our culture and were a primary source of visual news reporting. 

 

Library Materials

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American Revolution
Black History
Civil War
Colonial America
Native American History
Presidents (Biography)
Slavery
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