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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 African American Studies, Hispanic Studies, Sociology, Political Science, U.S. History, and multidisciplinary interests.

Digital Collections Spotlight

Hispanic Life in America

For researchers and scholars of all levels, this is a first-of-its-kind digital news archive of Hispanic American life that spans four centuries. Combines deep historical content with current sources, making it a vital resource for anyone interested in examining and studying the full spectrum of American history and culture. The intuitive interface presents more than 700 suggested searches organized by historical eras, themes, topical areas, and events, enabling researchers to easily access essential content.

Black 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. Delivers news coverage from thousands of sources not found anywhere else with coverage from 1704 to today. More than 19,000 news sources, including 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 Government and Politics

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The Shaping of America: Foundations of American Government

Today, the role of government in the daily life of the nation is often at the forefront of national debates and national news headlines. Providing much-needed historical context, Foundations of American Government offers a rich source of materials that are foundational to understanding the role of government at the national, state, and local levels in early American society—and today. Speeches and legislative proceedings, committee reports, letters, and government inquiries that shaped the system of American government from 1663-1819 are all included.

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The Shaping of America: The Rise of American Politics

An essential collection focused on the American political system from 1655 to 1819. The Rise of American Politics is designed for scholars, faculty and students studying the formation of the major issues that shaped the American political system during the days of Jefferson and Hamilton—and to better understand its current-day impact. The collection includes topics of foreign relations, separation of powers, and evolving local and national politics.

Voting in America

Free and fair elections are the foundation of American democracy. Voting in America, 1789-1994 is a comprehensive primary source collection of the history of voting and elections in the United States that also includes text analytical tools for boundless opportunities for inquiry into the American democratic process.

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.

American Literature & Stage

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Defining a Nation: The Literature of Early America

One of the most comprehensive and advanced digital products for teaching and researching the literature of early America. With its extensive thematic scope and built-in digital scholarship tools, The Literature of Early America is a one-stop solution for research into the broadest possible range of literary teaching and research. It will contain more than 80 literary genres--from “Anti-slavery Literature” to “Writings by Women.” This complete collection contains both the literary works authored by Americans as well as the foreign literary works that were read by Americans.

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The American Stage to 1819

The American Stage to 1819 is the richest-ever digital record of published works related to the theater in America up to 1819. It contains more than 2,000 works covering all of the theatrical genres of the era—from historical plays to amateur productions, melodramas, pantomimes, comedies, farces, satires, musicals, and operas. Included in this collection are hundreds of plays published in America—many of which were authored by women—as well as playbills, theatrical histories, and works of literary criticism. And it includes all published works—letters, speeches, and official proclamations—about the world of the early American stage, including its moral, political, and religious aspects.

Historical Newspapers

Early American Newspapers, Series 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 leading up to and following 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. Early American Newspapers, Series 18, 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast brings these newspapers together in a fully searchable online resource, offering research and teaching opportunities across a variety of academic disciplines.

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