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Archive of Popular American Music
The UCLA Music Library's Archive of Popular American Music is a research collection covering the history of popular music in the United States from 1790 to the present. The collection, fully accessible at the item level through th...
ibiblio.org
The public's library and digital archive. Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history,...
National Archives of the United States
As the nation's record keeper, it is our vision that all Americans will understand the vital role records play in a democracy, and their own personal stake in the National Archives. Our holdings and diverse programs will be availa...
National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. We create opportunities for learning, stimulate imaginations,...
National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is a museum dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. It was established in 1989 through an Act of Cong...

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Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Article
1865
The speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration at the start of his second term as president.
America is a Smuggler Nation
Why Legal Trade is a Greater Threat to National Security
Barry, Tom
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Smuggler Nation is not the oft told, routinely taught story of America’s emergence as a major nation and a global power, rather we come to see U.S. history as “the story of how smuggling – and the att...
The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes
315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.
Kahn, Andrew and Bouie, Jamelle
Article
2015
Slate.com
Usually, when we say "American slavery" or the "American slave trade," we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But North America was a bit player. From the trade's beginning in the...
Bonus Army
Connexipedia Article
Article
1932
The Bonus Army was the popular name of an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who gathered in Washington, D.C., in the spring and summ...
Brown, John
Connexipedia Article
Article
American abolitionist who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end slavery. (1800-1859).
Class War in the Confederacy
Why Free State of Jones Matters
Johnson, Cedric
Article
2016
Free State of Jones may well be the most politically important film about the civil war and its aftermath to appear in a quarter century. Free State of Jones is a proper antidote to identitarian think...
COINTELPRO
Connexipedia Article
Article
A series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the ...
Connexions Library: USA Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the United States of America.
Darrow, Clarence
Connexipedia Article
Article
American lawyer civil libertarian. (1857-1938).
Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom
Grant, Richard; photographs by Allison Shelley
Article
2016
Smithsonian Institution
The Great Dismal Swamp was once a thriving refuge for runaways. Archaeologists are learning more about their free communities.
Denver students stage mass walk-out over US history 'censorship'
Article
2014
RT
Hundreds of Denver-area high school students walked out their classrooms in a mass protest against what they call an attempt to censor their history curriculum by refocusing it on topics that promote ...
Destroying the Commons
How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
TomDispatch
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
Do Indian Lives Matter? Police Violence Against Native Americans
Loevy, Debra
Article
2015
CounterPunch
With all our talk about police violence aimed at poor and minority communities, we have yet to talk about the group most likely to be killed by law enforcement: Native Americans. Native American men ...
Dorothea Lange's Censored Photographs of FDR's Japanese Concentration Camps
Article
2016
Anchor Editions
A collection of photographs by Dorothy Lange, commissioned by the US government to record the process of relocating Japanese-americans into internment camps in 1942, along with accompanying quotations...
Fascism, American-Style
One-Step from the Third Reich?
Stanton, John
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financiall...
Freedom rides
Connexipedia Article
Article
Freedom Riders were Civil Rights activists who rode on interstate buses into the segregated southern United States.
In 1983 'war scare', Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S.
Hoffman, David E.
Article
2015
The Washington Post
A nuclear weapons command exercise by NATO in November 1983 prompted fear in the leadership of the Soviet Union that the maneuvers were a cover for a nuclear surprise attack by the United States, trig...
An Introduction: Capital's Global Turbulence
Walker, Richard
Article
1999
Against the Current
A JOYLESS IRONY of our time is that just as capitalism seemed all-triumphant and the sirens of neoliberalism had declared history to be at an end, the crisis rolling out of Asia has brought the self-r...
The Irish Slaves: What They Will Never, Ever Tell You in History Class or Anywhere Else
Article
2013
http://radio2hot.wordpress.com
The first slaves imported into the American colonies were 100 White children. They arrived during Easter, 1619, four months before the arrival of a the first shipment of Black slaves. Mainstream histo...
Jim Crow laws
Connexipedia Article
Article
Were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965.
Lincoln, Abraham
Connexipedia Article
Article
President of the United States during the American Civil War. (1809-1865).
Lincoln's Contested Legacy
Kunhardt, Philip B. III
Article
SteveCotler.com
Great Emancipator or unreconstructed racist? Defender of civil liberties or subverter of the Constitution? Each generation evokes a different Lincoln. But who was he?
Little Rock Central High School
Connexipedia Article
Article
The site of forced school desegregation during the American Civil Rights Movement.
A Marxist History of the World part 46: The American Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
In 1764, Americans thought of themselves as British subjects of King George III. By 1788, they would, by their own decisions and actions, have made themselves the free citizens of a new republic forge...
A Marxist History of the World part 57: The American Civil War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
One hundred and fifty years ago North America saw the start of a revolutionary war fought between rival systems and opposing political ideologies. Neil Faulkner looks at The American Civil War.
A Marxist History of the World part 81: The Roaring Twenties
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
Although the 'American Dream' became a reality for millions in the 1920s, it was built on shaky grounds - the huge speculative bubble that was building up on Wall Street was waiting to collapse
My Lai Massacre
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The My Lai Massacre was the mass murder conducted by a unit of the U.S. Army on March 16, 1968 of 347–504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were wo...
Nadir of American race relations
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The "nadir of American race relations" refers to the period in United States history from the end of Reconstruction through the early 20th century, when racism is deemed to have been worse than in any...
Nativism (politics)
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Nativism favors the interests of certain established inhabitants of an area or nation as compared to claims of newcomers or immigrants. It may also include the re-establishment or perpetuation of such...
New Deal
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The New Deal was a series of economic programs passed by the U.S. Congress during the first term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States, from 1933 to 1938. The programs were resp...
The Okinawa missiles of October
Tovish, Aaron
Article
2015
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
John Bordne, a resident of Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, had to keep a personal history to himself for more than five decades. Only recently has the US Air Force given him permission to tell the tale, whic...
On Translating Securityspeak into English
In the Land of False Cognates
Carson, Kevin
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal t...
The Origins of Left Culture in the U.S.: 1880-1940
Issue 6-7 of Cultural Correspondence and Issue #6 of Green Mountain Irregulars
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Culture Correspondence / Green Mountain Irregulars
A selection of materials from the early years of radical popular culture in the United States, showing how different peoples, over several generations, sought to create out of their own resources a be...
Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List
Blum, William
Article
2013
williamblum.org
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
Paine, Thomas
Connexipedia Article
Article
Author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary. (1737-1809).
A People's History of the United States
Zinn, Howard
Book
1980
libcom.org
Howard Zinn attempts to present the history of the United States through the perspectives of common people rather than political and economic elites.
Reconstruction era of the United States
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
In the history of the United States, Reconstruction Era has two uses; the first covers the entire nation in the period 1865-1877 following the Civil War; the second one, used in this article, covers t...
Red Shirts (Southern United States)
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The Red Shirts or Redshirts of the Southern United States were paramilitary groups in the 19th century, active primarily after the formal Reconstruction era of the United States. They first arose in M...
Red Summer of 1919
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Red Summer describes the bloody race riots that occurred in the United States during the summer and early autumn of 1919. In most instances, whites attacked African Americans in more than two dozen Am...
Riding the rail
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Riding the rail (also called running out of town on a rail) was a punishment in Colonial America in which a man (rarely a woman) was made to straddle a fence rail (usually the triangular split-rail ra...
Rolling Back Reconstruction
Against The Current vol. 159
Miah, Malik
Article
2012
Against The Current
The 'Reconstruction Amendments” — the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the United States Constitution — are targeted in many of the Tea Party and far-right Republican campaigns against the rights of ...
Sedition Act of 1918
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Article
The Sedition Act of 1918 was an Act of the United States Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on May 16, 1918. It forbade the use of "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language...
Seeds of Fire
A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Sexual revolution in 1960s America
Connexipedia Article
Article
Attitudes to a variety of issues changed, sometimes radically, throughout the decade. The urge to 'find oneself' the activsm of the 1960's and the quest for autonomy were characterised by the changes ...
Slavery in the United States
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Slavery in the United States was a form of unfree labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued mo...
Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Book Review
Edward E. Baptist’s "The Half Has Never Been Told"
Larson, Charles R.
Article
2014
CounterPunch
A review of Edward E. Baptist’s examination of slavery, presented in an entirely new way, extensively through the voices of the slaves themselves.
SNCC's 50-Year Legacy
El-Amin, Theresa
Article
2010
Against the Current
Celebrating SNCC's legacy.
Stand in the Schoolhouse Door
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door took place at Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963. George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama, in a symbolic attempt to keep his inaugural pr...
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Connexipedia Article
Article
One of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Tarring and feathering
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Tarring and feathering is a physical punishment, used to enforce unofficial justice.
Union League
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
A Union League is one of a number of organizations established starting in 1862, during the American Civil War to promote loyalty to the Union side and the policies of Abraham Lincoln.
U.S. Elites
The Original Gangsters
Alexandrov, Nick
Article
2016
Counter Punch
Donald Trump is at home in the underworld. Tom Robbins writes that the de facto GOP nominee "has encountered a steady stream of mob-tainted offers that he apparently couldn't refuse" in his decades in...
The War of Northern Aggression
Oakes, James
Article
2012
Jacobin Magazine
A leading Civil War historian challenges the new orthodoxy about how slavery ended in America.
The "War Scare" in the Kremlin, Revisited: Is History Repeating Itself?
Goodman, Mel
Article
2015
CounterPunch
The Washington Post on October 25, 2015 published an important story based on a recently-published U.S. intelligence review from 1990 that confirmed Soviet leaders in 1983 believed the Reagan administ...
Weather Underground Organization
Connexipedia Article
Article
An American radical left organization.
White League
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The White League was a white paramilitary group started in 1874 that operated to turn Republicans out of office and intimidate freedmen from voting and political organizing. Its first chapter in Grant...
Zinn, Howard
Connexipedia Article
Article
American historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright. (1922-2010).

Sources Bookshelf

Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck (ed): Cartography by Miklos Pinther
Book
1987
Focuses on the Great Lakes Region, in both Canada and the United States.
The History of Democracy
A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
In a Time of Torment
Stone, I.F.
Book
1968
Independent journalist I.F. Stone on the events and issues of the 1960s.
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits
Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
Book
1996
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
Made in America
An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
Bryson, Bill
Book
1994
A history of American English.
The Man Who Recorded the World
A Biography of Alan Lomax
Szweed, John
Book
2011
Documentarian of the folk culture of American life,, Lomax was diligent and tireless in preserving the irreplaceable vernacular cultures that have fallen into the past.
Polemics and Prophecies 1967-1970
Stone, I.F.
Book
1972
An anthology of I.F. Stone's articles from 1967 - 1970.
The Radical Camera
New York's Photo League, 1936-1951
Klein, Mason
Book
2011
Artists in 'the Photo League', active from 1936 to 1951, were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life.
Recovering Nonviolent History
Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles
Bartkowski, Maciej (ed.)
Book
2013
Essays showing, in considerable detail, the varied roles played by civil resistance in fifteen liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Seeds of Fire
A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Uncovering the Sixties
Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...


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