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The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775 by
Call Number: Gale Virtual Reference Library
Publication Date: 2008
The only multivolume encyclopedia covering all aspects of North American colonial warfare, with special attention paid to the social, political, cultural, and economic affairs that were affected by the conflicts.
Making of America
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
Women Working, 1800-1930
Women Working, 1800–1930 is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University.
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The interpretation of the good life in the United States, commonly referred to as the American dream, is an evolving concept that has frequently been redefined through the course of American history. The main features of the American dream were often exclusionary to minority groups, but by the end of the twentieth century the notion had become significantly more comprehensive and accessible. Despite its changing nature, two constants have formed the core of the American dream: property and economic security.
American Studies: Approaches and Concepts
Studies of America are at least as old as the age of exploration. European artists, philosophers, cartographers, theologians, investors, and adventurers were trading depictions of America for centuries before there was anything very cohesive, much less well known to them, about the place. As a discrete field of learning, though, American studies is relatively young.
Public memory—also called social memory or collective memory—became a significant field of American studies in the 1990s. It emerged as Americans grappled with their nation's past in a series of traumatic episodes that seemed to pit professors against the public. “History wars” over the Columbus quincentennial, the Enola Gay exhibit, and the National History Standards revealed that a wide interpretive gap had opened between academic and popular notions of the past.