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HIST 121: Introduction to U.S. History to 1865: 3. Primary Documents

A guide for students in Tom Hamm's Introduction to U.S. History to 1865.

Printed Sources

Primary Document Collections on the public web

Historical Popular Magazines

    Historic Newspaper Archives

    Historic newspaper search hints

    Because language changes, be sure to use search terms used at the time the materials were created, even if those terms are now obsolete. For example, the following historic terms will produce more results than their modern-day counterparts:

    Modern Usage vs. Historic Usage comparison table
    Modern Usage Historic Usage
    gas, service station filling station
    African American Afro American, Negro
    voting rights suffrage

    From:Chronicling of America-(The Library of Congress) - http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/

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