American Decades is a cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school students and teachers, public librarians and general researchers who need a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history.
Diaries, letters and memoirs provide firsthand descriptions of all aspects of the Civil War between 1855 and 1875, including events leading up to the war, the war itself, and events immediately following it.
Digitized letters and diaries authored by women in the United States (and, to a lesser extent, Canada and Mexico) from colonial times to 1950. The collection sheds light on the role and status of women, attitudes to specific historical and personal events, and the general life and times of various historical periods.
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection includes 123 document projects and archives with 5,100 documents and more than 170,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,700 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.