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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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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 will soon be 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.

Life in America Spotlight

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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A first-of-its-kind digital news archive of Hispanic  American life that spans four centuries and combines deep historical content with current sources.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.

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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.

American Literature & Stage

Defining a Nation: The Literature of Early America

The most comprehensive primary source collection 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 supports research into every aspect of literature in America from 1645 to 1819.

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.

American Government and Politics

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.

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 in its earliest times to better understand its impact today. 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.

Historical Newspapers

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Early American Newspapers, Series 19: The Politics of Race in the South

In the early 19th century, the issue of race reached a critical juncture when the anti-slavery movement began gaining nationwide attention. 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. Series 19, 1766-1877: The Politics of Race in the South includes some of the most influential and widely read papers below the Mason-Dixon Line, as well as newspapers from border states, Washington DC, and other select titles. Series 19 is specifically designed to work in concert with Series 18, 1825-1878: Racial Awakening in the Northeast, inviting researchers working across academic disciplines to discern, interpret, and evaluate

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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