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History Research Guide: History 257 (US through the Civil War Era)

Researching the United States through the Civil War Era

The sections on this page lead to biographical, secondary, and primary sources.

Partial view of Ann Trow Lohman's entry from the American National Biography
From the entry on Ann Trow Lohman (1811-1878), also known as Madame Restell.
American National Biography.

Biographical databases

Use a biographical database to find out about people relating to your topic. Tip: most entries list further secondary and primary sources.

Secondary sources

Use these databases to search for historians' published analysis relating to your topic.

Primary sources

Explore the databases below for digitized documents from early colonization through the Civil War era.

American collections with a broad focus
Enslavement and abolitionism
Government and legal
Indigenous - settler relations
Newspaper, magazines, and journal sources

Need research help?

Having trouble finding good resources now that our library is closed for the foreseeable future? Let me know. I'll do what I can to help you find something online

Contact Jane Forgay, History Librarian