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Primary Source Resources

Library of Congress (website):

  1. Use the search bar to do a simple search (Immigration, Suffrage, Negroes, Slaves, etc.).
  2. Refine your results by "Date" on the left-hand side of the page.
  3. Make sure any document you choose has appropriate dates.

National Archives: Docs Teach (website):

  1. Click on the "Search" icon.
  2. Do a simple search (Immigration, Suffrage, Negroes, Slaves, etc.).
  3. Sort your search by "Era."
  4. Make sure any document you choose has appropriate dates.

Historical New York Times (database): This is strictly articles from the New York Times.

  1. Do a simple search (Immigration, Suffrage, Negroes, Slaves, etc.).
  2. Narrow your results by appropriate "Publication date" on the right-hand side.
  3. Make sure any document you choose has appropriate dates.

ABC-CLIO American History (database):

  1. Click on "Advanced Search."
  2. Limit "Categories" to: "Media,Visuals, and Maps" AND "Documents." (This makes sure you are getting primary sources.)
  3. Limit "Eras" to: "A Nation Breaks Apart" and "A Growing Nation."
  4. Do a simple search (Immigration, Suffrage, Negroes, Slaves, etc.).
  5. Make sure any document you choose has appropriate dates.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (database):

  1. Click on "History" under "Subjects" in the left-hand column.
  2. Find the book "Daily Life through American History in Primary Documents" and click on it.
  3. Under the red title of the book in the center of the page you will see a drop-down menu that states "Choose a volume."
  4. Select "3 The CIvil War to World War I."
  5. Do a simple search (Immigration, Suffrage, Negroes, Slaves, etc.) using the search bar on the left-hand side of the page and select "Within this volume."
  6. Make sure any document you choose has appropriate dates.

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