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U.S. Social Justice & Reform Movements: Finding Articles & Documents
The library subscribes to many resources for finding both scholarly and newspaper articles. Please consult the library databases page for a full list of resources. Remember that social movements impact fields beyond history. You may find helpful information in related disciplines. The lists below provide some starting points for both historical and current research.
African American history & culture from its African origins to the present day. It encompasses the myriad contributions of individuals from the African American community who have achieved prominence in the arts, entertainment, the sciences, business, the military, and politics as well as nameless others who endured the travails of slavery and institutionalized discrimination. Contains over 8,000 primary documents, including slave narratives, speeches, court cases, quotations, advertisements, statistics, 1,500 photographs, maps, and other images.
Coverage: Late 1700s to present
Religion. This archive was developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as part of an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture. Content was provided by 75 institutions and includes over 170 titles which are unique to this collection.
Multi-subject. Showcases unique, independent voices from many respected and cited grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals. The database features over 670,000 articles from around 200 publications, offering a wide range of unfettered, critical coverage of the news.
Coverage: 1995 to present
The Index is international and interdisciplinary, spanning the social sciences and humanities, with its central focus on the practice and theory of socialism, national liberation, labor, indigenous peoples, gays/lesbians, feminism, ecology, democracy, and anarchism. Subject index to over 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals.
Coverage: 1969 to present
United States history, Canadian history from prehistoric times to the present. The database covers all key journals in the discipline, state and local history publications, and selected articles from scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Coverage: Indexing from 1895, full text from 1935
Thesis-driven, peer-reviewed scholarly essays on American Indian history, culture and politics from precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida. Content includes hundreds of primary documents and media, including treaties, speeches, captivity narratives, traditional storytelling, maps, photographs, and video.
Coverage: Prehistory - present
Primary sources on American Indian history and culture that provide a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the on-going repercussions of government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid- to late-twentieth century. This collection also includes indigenous peoples of Mexico and Canada.
Coverage: 16th to 20th century
This is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.
Coverage: 16th century to present
Contains approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom: Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860), The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877), and The Contemporary Era (1976-2000). Documents represent a selection of primary sources available in several ProQuest databases, including American Periodicals, Black Abolitionist Papers, ProQuest History Vault, ProQuest Congressional, Supreme Court Insight, and Alexander Street’s Black Thought and Culture. 1790-2000
Original literary works, political, economic, social issues, social science, arts & letters and the humanities concerning Central & South America, Mexico, Caribbean basin, United States-Mexico border region, & Hispanics in the US. 1970 to present
Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.
History, society, culture, and politics of the U.S.A. in the 1960s. Diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary provide insight to the issues of the time - Civil Rights; Counter-Culture; Environmental Movement; Gay and Lesbian Rights; Law and Government; Mass Media; New Left and Emerging Neo-Conservative Movement; Science and Technology; Student Activism; Vietnam War; and Women’s Movement.
A collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada, with more than 9,000 individual editions from 1828-2016. The 45 unique titles also include bi-lingual and Indigenous-language editions, such as Hawaiian, Cherokee and Navajo languages.
The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. This historical newspaper archive includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
The Chicago Defender is a leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. The newspaper was a proponent of The Great Migration, the move of over 1.5 million African-Americans from the segregated South to the industrial North from 1915 to 1925. It reported on the Red Summer race riots of 1919, editorialized for anti-lynching legislation, integration of blacks into the U.S. military, and promoted the writing of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, poet laureate of Illinois.
Hispanic history, culture and daily life. This is the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The distinctive collection features hundreds of Hispanic American newspapers, including many long scattered and forgotten titles published in the 19th century. It is based on the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project.” Early American Newspapers Series 1, 1690-1876 and The Historical Dallas Morning News, 1885-1984 can also be accessed from this site.
Search multiple newspaper archives back to the first issues. Includes complete issues of the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Austin American Statesman (1871-1980), Chicago Defender (1909-1975), Chicago Tribune (1849-1997), Christian Science Monitor (1908-2006), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), Los Angeles Times (1881-1996), New York Times (1851-2016), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), Wall Street Journal (1889-2002), and Washington Post (1877-2003).
Coverage: Varies by newspaper.
The oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States, this newspaper has has exposed prejudice, promoted social change, and empowered the black community since 1934. It continues to cover community and world issues from the unique cultural perspective of the Los Angeles African-American community.
Complete electronic editions of more than 5,300 U.S. and international news sources from 140 countries on six continents. It features most major U.S. news sources circulation, including Texas newspapers, plus many hard-to-find local and regional titles that are unavailable elsewhere.
A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Pittsburgh Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights. Intellectuals and influential writers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, and others have written columns or reported for the newspaper.