Move Students Toward a Deeper Understanding of America's Story

American History provides students and educators of U.S. history with a comprehensive survey of the nation’s development, tracking key social, political, and cultural events and turning points from the revolutionary era to the present day. Organized by time period and illustrated with more than 12,000 primary sources, this database empowers students to draw connections between the past and present and deepen their understanding of the history and legacy of the modern United States.

Topic Centers Include:

  • Exploration and Colonization: 1350–1760
  • Revolutionary Era: 1754–1783
  • A New Nation: 1776–1800
  • Expansion and Reform: 1790–1850
  • Civil War and Reconstruction: 1840–1877
  • Industrialization and Immigration: 1850–1900
  • Gilded Age to World War I: 1870–1920
  • Great Depression to the New Deal: 1920–1939
  • World War II and the Cold War Era: 1939–1960
  • A Nation in Upheaval: 1954–1975
  • Conservative Agenda to the Clinton Era: 1975–2000

A Database to Complement American History Courses

Integrating American politics, science, culture, philosophy, and economics, this authoritative database explores the ongoing development of the United States. Aligned with major textbooks and research-driven best practices, American History offers a uniquely complete American history library collection and also serves as a dependable online resource for research-ready reference, projects and exam preparation.

Created in collaboration with scholars, educators, and librarians, American History provides students with citation information at their fingertips and a highly visual and engaging interface.


The American History website is a remarkable tool that will give learning U.S. history new appeal to young adults. Students will enjoy using it and it will give teachers the opportunity to teach U.S. history in a new and exciting format.

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