Race & Gender in the United States, 1608-1877

Course #: HI412

Quick Reference

Secondary Sources

Books

Most libraries assign Library of Congress Subject Headings, which are helpful to narrow down your search. A list of helpful subject headings for this course is at the bottom of this page.

  • Primo
    • catalogue of items in TUG; search by specific subject headings
  • Worldcat

Articles

Primary Sources

Your access to primary sources for this course will typically involve looking at reproductions.

  • Print reproductions are catalogued in Primo, and can often be identified with subject headings such as:
  • Digital reproductions
    • Organizations (both for profit and nonprofit) digitize source material, and either sell the content or make it freely available
    • primary sources are only as findable as their metadata allows
      • often no subject headings
      • full text searching sometimes the only option; what terminology (e.g., United States or Virginia); OCR quality

Book Archives

Pay attention to any references to books published during this time period, it is extremely likely they it has been digitized and made available online through one of the following sites. These are more easily accessible if you have have a name or title in mind:

Journal Archives

  • JSTOR ($)
    • full text journals; limited search options, although you can search the full text
    • NOTE that all of our databases lead to full text contained in JSTOR
  • Making of America Journals (Cornell)
    • primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction

Newspaper Archives

African Americans

American Women

Native Americans

General

Finding more primary sources online

The above links to primary sources is not an exhaustive list. You can search for more collections and aids by searching Google for with terms such as "primary sources" along with your topic. You can also search these curated portal sites.

Helpful Library of Congress Subject Headings

  • African Americans -- History -- To 1863
  • African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877
  • Europe -- Colonies -- America -- History
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • Sex role -- United States -- History -- 17th century
  • Sex role -- United States -- History -- 18th century
  • Sex role -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Slavery -- United States -- History
  • United States -- Civilization -- to 1783
  • United States -- History -- 1783-1865
  • United States -- History -- 1815-1861
  • United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- Politics and government -- To 1775
  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
  • United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865
  • Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 17th century
  • Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 18th century
  • Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
  • Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 17th century
  • Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 18th century
  • Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Women -- United States -- History -- 17th century
  • Women -- United States -- History -- 18th century
  • Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Women -- United States -- Social conditions