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HIST 644: The Era of the Civil War (Dr. Nienkamp): Getting started

Designed for students in HIST 644, this guide is organized thematically to provide suggestions to resources relating to the following topics during the Civil War: abolition and slavery; agriculture; civil war; gender, social, and more.

How to use this guide

Welcome to the Civil War Library guide. This guide provides readers insight into the United States' Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction Periods by providing access to primary sources.  These include contemporary periodicals, newspaper collections, diaries, and government documents.  The guide is organized thematically based on the following topics: 

Abolition & Slavery


The Civil War

Gender, Social, & Moral Movements (temperance, suffrage, ect)

Literature & the Arts



Science & Transportation