Early American History
This guide will help you locate resources on early American history including the early American wars listed below.
The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies.
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain. This war was fought from 1812 to 1815.
The Mexican-American War was fought between the United States and Mexico between 1846 and 1848.
The American Civil War was fought between the northern and the southern states of the United States of America between the time period of 1861 and 1865.
Books & Audio-Visual MaterialThe Library Catalog includes books and audio-visual materials for all colleges in the System, all branches of the Harris County Public Library system and all branches of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System. If you can't find a particular item at this Library, you can request it from the other libraries by using your current library card and pin number.
Useful Call Numbers
Call numbers tell you where books are located on the library shelves. LSC-Tomball Community Library uses both the Library of Congress (LC) and the Dewey Decimal (DD) classification systems. Most United States history books are located in the call number area“E” section of the Library of Congress system and in the 973 area of the Dewey Decimal system.
DD Indians of North America
970.1 General United States history
973 Military, Political and Diplomatic history
355 Colonial history
973.2 The Revolution 1775-1783
973.3 Revolution through early Nineteenth Century
973.4 The War of 1812
973.5 Mexican War
972.03 Middle Nineteenth Century, 1845-1861
973.71 Civil War period
973.73 Abraham Lincoln
355, 920, 973.8 Ulysses Grant
355, 920, 973.8 Early women’s rights advocates
324 American voting rights history
342 Military leaders
You may use the same call numbers to find information about your subject in Circulating, Reference and Instructional A/V sections of the library. Please remember that reference materials can be used only in the library.
Magazines & journals:A large amount of historical information is available online from magazine and journal articles found in the library’s databases. Print magazines and journals with a historical emphasis can be found on the second floor in the “Social Sciences" section of the journals. Here is the list of the print magazines and journals in the library:
American Historical Review
The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Journal of the West
Magazine of History
Reviews in American History
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Databases:Most historical periodicals are available via the library’s databases. Good databases to search are:
Academic Search Complete - Provides articles, often full-text, from newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
America's Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000
Browse hundreds of U.S. newspapers published from 1690 through 2000.
Biographies Reference Bank - Includes over 45,000 biographies for people present and past.
eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary) - This includes about 35,000 complete electronic books which can be read on your computer.
History Study Center - Includes books, scholarly journals, maps, photos, and other materials on world and U.S. History.
JSTOR - Complete historical full text of all issues of journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields. Articles are typically more than 5 years old.
A comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities, arts, and social sciences journals to support a core liberal arts curriculum.
American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)Liberty! The American Revolution Background information and teaching guides from public broadcasting television
U. S. History.org Site with multiple links and information about the Revolutionary War period
American Revolution Includes historic facts and figures
Mexican American War (1846-1848)U.S.-Mexican War Information from television’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
Descendents of Mexican War Veterans - Site with history of the war and links to online books about the war
Mexican American War Site with brief overview of the war and a large amount of primary documents. Created by the Northern Illinois University Libraries
Mexican War Brief overview of the war from the Handbook of Texas online
War of 1812 (1812-1815)War of 1812 and Associated Documents Primary source diplomatic documents between America and Britain
American Civil War (1861-1865)The American Civil War Homepage Site with multiple additional links to Civil War online information. Created by a history professor at the University of Tennessee
The Civil War Home Page The Civil War Home Page is a privately managed and funded website which contains thousands of pages of Civil War material including Photos, Images, Battles, Documents, Southern Historical Papers, Maps, Official Records, Regimental Histories, Biographical Information, and more.
Abolitionism in America Site on slavery and abolitionism hosted by the Cornell University libraries
Letters to Henry Bitner Primary source letters written by Union soldiers about their Civil War experiences.
Selected Civil War Photographs Library of Congress photographs of people and places involved in the Civil War.
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