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  • Putting historians' tools into the hands of students and patrons

    Aligned to state and national curriculum standards, U.S. History In Context provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. Comprehensive, contextual, media-rich information is provided on topics ranging from the arrival of Vikings in North America, to the stirrings of the revolution, through to the Civil Rights movement, 9/11, and the War on Terror. An always-intuitive experience supports the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills.

  • Key Features

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    Personal perspective

    U.S. History In Context brings a personal perspective to history with more than 5,000 rare and vital primary source documents from American Decades: Primary Sources series and other top titles.
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    Cross-search U.S. History In Context with World History In Context to provide a one-stop source for all history research needs.
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    Mobile-responsive design adapts to any device for easier use.
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    Scope and Depth

    U.S. History In Context's acclaimed titles from Gale, Macmillan Reference USA, Scribner, and U·X·L include: 

    • Dictionary of American Biography   
    • Dictionary of American History   
    • Gale Encyclopedia of  Multicultural America  
    • U*X*L Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History  
    • U*X*L Encyclopedia of U.S. History
    • And many more

    News and Multimedia

    • Millions of full-text articles drawn from top periodicals and newspapers include The New York Times, America, American History, The Journal of Southern History, and National Geographic.
    • Engage users with thousands of images, videos, and audio selections from NPR, The History Channel, Associated Press, and other trusted sources.

    Primary Sources

    U.S. History In Context brings a personal perspective to history with more than 5,000 rare and vital primary source documents from the American Decades: Primary Sources and American Journey series, and other top titles. Examples include:

    • Excerpts from former slave William Wells Brown’s Narrative of the Life of William Brown (1847)
    • Excerpts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (1854)
    • Personal account of General Charles Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown in 1781
    • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Japanese Relocation Order (1942)
    • The papers of President John F. Kennedy