History and Biography

Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia

Covers archaeological discoveries across North America by region, including several articles on archaeology in Ohio, from the Moundbuilders to the Flint Ridge State Memorial.

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Great American Mosaic

Provides primary source documents that illustrate the diverse experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.

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People's Chronology

Presents a global record of human events from prehistory until 2004, including events in the arts and humanities, education, transportation, science and medicine, politics, and war, among others.

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War Milestones

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This year marks several milestones for major military conflicts involving the United States. 

  • 150 years ago: Robert E. Lee surrendered April 9, 1865, and the American Civil War was officially over on August 20, 1865.
  • 100 years ago: Pivotal moments of World War I were happening in 1915, such as the sinking of the Lusitania and the first large-scale use of poison gas in warfare.
  • 70 years ago: World War II ended after Japan formally surrenders September 2, 1945.
  • 50 years ago: The United States sharply increased their military presence in Vietnam, began air raids, and the US Army fought their first major battle in the war.

It’s important to commemorate these events, as they have defined our nation and world. Learn about each of these conflicts by by checking out our unique and informative resource, World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. Get detailed information about every major war in the world, from the Peloponnesian War of Ancient Greece to the present Iraq War

Each conflict covered includes an overview, detailed articles, viewpoints, primary sources, images, maps, a timeline, and more. Learn about the milestones mentioned above by visiting the Topics page, and choosing a war you would like to learn more about. You can also further your research by visiting more of UAPL's history databases.

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Gale Encyclopedia of US Economic History

Provides an economic context to familiar events in the history of the United States, including business and industry profiles, era overviews, and more.

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American History

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Emanuel Leutze's George Washington crossing the Delaware, used as a logo for American History databaseExplore the history of our country, from when European navigators first started exploring this part of the world, to the legalization of same-sex marriage over 500 years later. American History is another one of UAPL’s subscriptions that is interesting to browse, but also appropriate and useful for doing research and school projects.

Get started by searching for what interests you, or explore the Topics page, which is organized chronologically by major events and themes, encompassed under the different overarching eras. 

Read about major events that defined the US, such as the Louisiana Purchase, the Roaring Twenties, the New Deal, the Civil Rights Movement, and September 11, 2001. This resource also includes many important primary sources, such as photographs, videos, diary entries, speeches, and Supreme Court opinions.

Explore American History today! 

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