American Literature and History (Open-Access Resources)

American Literature and History

The Research Society for American Periodicals has a useful list of resources with links to full-text sites.

Early America Digital Archives is a University of Maryland site with “a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.”

Chronicling America: America’s Historic Newspapers has newspapers from 1789–1924.

The Digital Public Library of America includes photographs, maps, books, oral histories, etc. from libraries and museums across America.

Cornell University’s Making of America site has numerous searchable open-access periodicals, such as the Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s New Monthly MagazineSee the full list of open-access titles here. Issues of the newspaper The Independent can be accessed from UPenn’s online books page, a strong resource for numerous other titles.

Some of the American literature resources from NINES: Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online include the following:

See also the Mark Twain Project Online. Other resources on nineteenth-century America are available on my Nineteenth-century America page.

American Memory (from the Library of Congress) has numerous resources on such topics as AdvertisingAfrican American HistoryImmigration, American Expansion; Native American History; War, Military; and Women’s History. I strongly recommend browsing through their other collections here if you are working on an American topic (or even a seemingly unrelated topic, like ballroom dancechild labor, or Lewis Carroll). See also an easily readable print list of some of the Library of Congress collections here.

African American History

See The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database.

Umbra Search African American History is a great open-access site with “access to over 400,000 digitized archival materials documenting African American history from more than 1,000 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions across the United States.”

JSTOR came out with the Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the History of Hate in America in August 2017; the readings may interest many of you who would like to learn more about current and past race relations in the U.S.

While not precisely an open-access resource, you might get good ideas about current debates on race (and useful sources to seek out) at Black PerspectivesThe site includes, among other things, blog posts by scholars, featured books, and book reviews.

For resources on slavery and slave narratives, see the following:

The Asian American Experience

Please let me know of other open-access resources that belong on this page. 

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