History and Biography

American Civil War

Presents coverage of the American Civil War, including primary source documents and information on politics, significant people and battles, and much more.

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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.

Marine Corps War Memorial

Wilson Biography Reference Bank

Provides biographical information on current and historical figures around the world.

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American Decades Primary Sources

The companion to American Decades, this title provides primary source documentation and first-hand accounts for each decade in 20th century America. Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, articles, legal decisions, and more.

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Disasters and Tragic Events

Explores American tragedies, both natural and man-made, from the Salem Witch Trials to the present. Includes primary source documents

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Encyclopedia of the New American Nation

Offers information on the formative years of the United States, from just prior to the American Revolution to the inauguration of Andrew Jackson, including information on politics, daily life, and the arts.

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American Decades 2000-2009

Covers the social aspects of the first decade of the 21st century in America, including reference information on arts, laws, social trends, sports and more.

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