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United States History

Customized guides to research for specific HIS courses

Civil War History

[R] Reference Sources


[R] The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research. Greenwood, 1996. E 456 .A47 Fl. 1 Reference

[R] Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO, 2000. E 468 .E53 2000 Fl. 1 Reference

[R] American National Biography. 26 vols. Oxford, 1999.  CT213 .A68 Fl.1 Reference

[R]  The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
        (see  43.269-43.319;  44.418-44.483)  D 20 .A55 1995 Fl. 1 Reference

[R] Reconstruction in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography.  E668 .L56 2000 Reference Fl.1

State and Local

[R] Alabama Bibliography: Books, Articles, Theses, Dissertations. Ralph N. Brannen, 1996. F 326 .B72 1996 Fl. 1 Reference

[R] A Bibliography of Mobile, Alabama. University of Alabama, 1956. F 334 .M6 B45 1956 Fl. 1 Reference


[R] Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2007.

[R] Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century. Gale, 2007.

Sample: Compromise of 1850

[R] Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and Persons of Color. Facts-on-file, 2012.

Sample: Amistad Case

[R] Rodriguez, Junius P, and Wayne Ackerson. Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic
   World. Routledge, 2015.

Sample: "American Colonization Society and the Founding of Liberia." In Encyclopedia of Race and Racism,
   edited by Patrick L. Mason. 2nd ed. Gale, 2013.

Sample: Matibag, Eugenio. "Haitian Revolution." In Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World,
   edited by Junius Rodriguez. Routledge, 2007.

Library of Congress 

Helper, Hinton Rowan. The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It. New York, A.B. Burdick, 1859.

Abolition, Anti-Slavery Movements, and the Rise of the Sectional Controversy

Military Archives from Library of Congress

State and Federal Archives

A robust listing of archives, military records, papers, battles, monuments, soldier/sailor databases, etc.

Local History

Mobile Municipal Archives

Mobile Public Library - Local History and Geneology

History Museum of Mobile

Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail

National African-American Archives and Museum (Collection scope and contact information)

Historic Mobile Preservation Society (digital collection from Alabama Mosaic)

     Historic Mobile Preservation Society

Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library (University of South Alabama)

       Digital photos from the McCall Library (from Alabama Mosaic)

Search DeBow's Review

(Restrict to Journal) DeBow's Review

Lincoln, Abraham [click for full listing of sources]

   AND Views on race and slavery

   AND Political and social views

   AND Relations with African Americans

   AND Military leadership, generals

Jackson, Andrew


   Use also Antislavery movements

Secessionists, Alabama  [Pattern applies for other states and places]

Douglass, Frederick

Whig Party


Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands

African-American Education in the South (Reconstruction and following)

Vaughn, William Preston. Schools for All : The Blacks & Public Education in the South, 1865-1877.
       Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1974.

Lovett, Bobby L. America's Historically Black Colleges & Universities: A Narrative History from the
       Nineteenth Century into the Twenty-First Century
. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2015.

search also on names of particular HBCUs - History

Battles, Places and Events

Civil War Battles, Battlefields, Monuments, and other Sources (U.S. National Park Service)

Military Campaigns



   Vicksburg campaign

   Election 1864

Railroads AND 19th century

States (Use with time periods)



   Southern States