These primary source newspaper articles are organized by topic and appear exactly as they were originally printed. Topics include Poems, Songs and Letters of the Civil War; the Battle of Fort Sumter; Civil Liberties in the Civil War; Slave Narratives; and many more. You must be on campus or logged in to view.
For many Americans the Civil War evokes images of the storied battlefields of North and South and of dramatic changes in the lives of Americans of African and Anglo descent. Lesser known is the story of the people of Spanish ancestry who participated in this epic conflict and of the many battles that took place in the West, in areas of large Hispanic populations and strong Spanish heritage.
A selection of digitized journals and correspondence that provide insight into the era’s military and regional culture by capturing the perspectives and personal experiences of soldiers as well as civilians affected by the war through personal relationships or geographic location. In addition, these materials record political opinions and regional attitudes about topical issues such as slavery and poverty. Each item includes a digital scan of the original document accompanied by a full text transcript.
Texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Civil War era items include slave narratives, complete documents by Frederick Douglass, and information on the southern homefront during the Civil War.
The project's editors selected 50,000 documents from the National Archives of the United States. They are presently transcribing, organizing, and annotating these documents to explain how black people traversed from slavery to freedom between the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 and the beginning of Radical Reconstruction in 1867. The Freedom project has shaped a new popular understanding of emancipation in the United States. Its documents and interpretations have helped historians rewrite the history of the Civil War era and the African-American experience.
This collection contains 396 pamphlets from the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.
This is a scanned copy of a book by William Wells Brown first published in 1867. It covers the history of African Americans with a focus on their active participation in acts of freedom before and during the Civil War.