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Enhance research, scholarship, and teaching with the latest historical primary source collections from Readex. Providing content and context that is relevant and foundational across all disciplines and interests, students and scholars can explore these unmatched digital resources for Black Studies, Hispanic Studies, Sociology, Global Studies, Political Science, U.S. History, and multidisciplinary interests.

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Asian Life in America

The contributions and experiences of Asian Americans are integral to United States history. From 18th-century immigrant communities to 19th-century labor rights to contemporary discourse around social justice, people of Asian descent have helped shape the story of America. Now, researchers across multiple disciplines can explore the perspectives and stories of the Asian American experience—from the early 18th century to today.

Open-Source Intelligence Spotlight

Courtesy of Matthew Bridges, BBC Monitoring

…a history of the world speaking to the world.
—Nick Cull, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California

Recognized as one the most important historical archives ever assembled, BBC Monitoring: Summary of World Broadcasts is available as a digital primary source collection from Readex. This expansive collection of nearly 70,000 individual multi-page reports from 1939 to 2001 – brought together in partnership with the BBC – will prove indispensable to scholars and students seeking new and vital background for interpreting the complexity of today’s global events.

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Interface Upgrades for America’s Historical Imprints and America’s Historical Government Documents

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      Key Features

  • Search by country, subject(s), publication, key events, article type, decade, year, and date
  • Visualize data using methods such as term clustering, phrase frequency, word trends, and more
  • Get quick access to relevant content and enriched citation data with an improved Results screen
  • Save your articles and keyword searches within “My Folder”
  • Download and save pages directly to a Google Drive account
  • Create, download, or print citations in all major formats (MLA, APA, CMS, etc.)
Life in America

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Hispanic Life in America

A first-of-its-kind digital news archive of Hispanic  American life that spans four centuries and combines deep historical content with current sources. A dynamic resource for anyone interested in examining and studying the full spectrum of American history and culture, it includes more than 700 suggested searches organized by historical eras, themes, topical areas, and events.

BLA insetBlack Life in America

This digital archive offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture, and daily life in ways no other online resource can match with news coverage from 1704 to today. Delivers news coverage from thousands of sources not found anywhere else with coverage from 1704 to today. More than 19,000 news sources, including hundreds of Black publications, bring into focus the people, places, events and daily lives through firsthand reporting, editorials, illustrations, and advertisements. This collection is an invaluable resource for exploring social justice issues, equity, race, and related topics.

American History

Native American Tribal Histories

Through much of the 19th century, the education, land rights, treaty negotiations and other affairs of Native American tribes were overseen by superintendents from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). BIA superintendents scrupulously recorded their interactions with Native American tribes, leaving behind an astoundingly detailed archive that is captured here in full. Now, these rare materials are available for the first time in a readily accessible digital collection, which also contains detailed historical background notes created by the curators of the National Archives.

Early American Newspapers

EAN 20Series 20: America’s Industrial Centers and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Immigration

During the 19th century, the rapid growth of industry in America’s mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states led to continued newspaper coverage and debates about economic ties to the South, slavery and abolition. Within these industrial centers, two other historical forces collided: immigration and industrialization. The newspapers in this collection bring focus on the ensuing labor crisis that led to women’s rights and immigration becoming leading topics of debate, offering scholars an on-the-ground view of the complex early history and evolution of civil rights—gender, ethnicity, race, and labor—in America.

eaN19 THUMB Series 19: The Politics of Race in the South

In the American South, the debate over slavery and secession–as recorded and shaped in its regional newspapers—was the result of political, economic, social, and religious forces that continue to be researched and analyzed today.

ean18 THUMBSeries 18: Racial Awakening in the Northeast

New England newspapers played a pivotal role in shaping the national discourse around slavery and civil rights in the decades before and after the American Civil War. Abolitionists, political parties, and religious leaders all used newspapers to sway readers to their causes, making such papers essential material for researchers studying racial and social justice movements.

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