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Primary Sources are the first hand evidence left behind by participants or observers at the time of events.
- Autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, emails, oral histories
- Letters, correspondence, eyewitness accounts
- First-hand newspaper and magazine accounts of events
- Legal cases, treaties
- Statistics, surveys, opinion polls, scientific data, transcripts
- Records of organizations and government agencies
- Original works of literature, art or music
- Cartoons, postcards, posters
- Maps, photographs, films
- Objects and artifacts that reflect the time period in which they were created
U.S. History (Gale In Context)
Gale In Context: U.S. History is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. U.S. History merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Primary Sources on the Web
Ebooks to read online
Salem Press books are available both in print and ebooks.
Secondary Sources are materials that digest, analyze, evaluate and interpret information contained within primary sources or other secondary sources.
- Books, such as biographies (not an autobiography), textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks
- Articles, such as literature reviews, commentaries, research articles in all subject disciplines
- Criticism of works of literature, art and music
Documents from American History
Print books from our collection. Search the catalog for more choices.
The American Revolution by
Call Number: E203 .B95
Publication Date: 2003-08-07
Uses contemporary documents to explore the American Revolution
American Speeches by
Call Number: E183 .A498 2006 V. 1-2
Publication Date: 2006-10-05
Deliver Us from Evil by
Call Number: E446 .F67
Publication Date: 2009
Draws heavily on primary sources, including newspapers, government documents, legislative records, pamphlets, and speeches.
The Depression and New Deal by
Call Number: E806 .M43
Publication Date: 2003-06-12
a collection of primary sources documenting life during the Depression and New Deal era.
The Early American Republic by
Call Number: E301 .E135
Publication Date: 2010-10-29
Founding the Republic by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 1995-09-30
Call Number: E660 .G7562
Publication Date: 1990-10-01
Memoirs and selected letters
My Fellow Americans by
Call Number: REF J81.4 .M93
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
the most important speeches of America's presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush
Say It Loud by
Call Number: E185.615 .S255
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
great speeches on civil rights and African American identity
Through Women's Eyes by
Call Number: HQ1410 .D83
Publication Date: 2008-09-10
Up from Slavery by
Call Number: E185.97 .W3168
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Originally published: New York : Doubleday, Page, 1901.