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  • Indexes and abstracts the world's scholarly literature in the history of the United States and Canada from prehistoric times to the present. 

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  • The collection contains commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries covering all aspects of American history.

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  • Digitized images of the pages of over 1,100 American magazines and journals published from 1741 through 1940.

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  • Access over 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major African American leaders, teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers and other figures covering 250 years of history.

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  • Provides an integrated approach to the history and culture of the United States by focusing on problems, themes, and issues that cut across disciplines. It features broad synthetic articles and bibliographies covering areas such as history, literature, art, photography, film, urban studies, ethnicity, race, gender economics, politics, wars, consumer culture, and global America. As a comprehensive reference, it offers research and study support for a wide range of disciplines.

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  • Provides full text access to articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority and native presses in America from 1959 to present.

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  • Indexes the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship both inside and outside of academia. (Restricted to 1 simultaneous user.)

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  • Provides a classified listing and subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Coverage includes literature from all over the world--Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. 

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  • Covering years 1909 through 1972, this collection contains internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People throughout the country.

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