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U.S. History: 1877 to present - HIST202 - Primary Sources

Primary sources available in the library or on the Internet relevant to U.S. History after 1877

Resources in Library Catalog

eBooks on this list are only available to RVCC students, faculty, and staff and require a login with your G# and password.

Black protest and the great migration : a brief history with documents

Documents taken from newspapers, periodicals, journals, and trade publications that highlight a variety of perspectives related to the Great Migration of African Americans from southern to northern states during the World War I era.

The diaries of Frank Hurley, 1912-1941

This is the first illustrated edition of the diaries kept by Australian-born photographer and film maker Frank Hurley about his work on the Mawson and Shackleton Antarctic Expeditions, his two expeditions to Papua in the 1920s, and his experiences during the First and Second World Wars.

Goodbye, Antoura : a memoir of the Armenian genocide

Panian's memoir is a full-throated story of loss, resistance, and survival, but told without bitterness or sentimentality. He paints a painfully rich and detailed picture of the lives and agency of Armenian orphans during the darkest days of World War I.

A good idea of hell : letters from a chasseur à pied

Echoing from the mountainous Vosges front of World War I come the rare accounts of an elite French foot soldier—a chasseur à pied. Pellissier’s diary and his letters to relatives in America show a panorama of this ghastly war: from the horror of being under fire with three thousand German shells falling on the French troops every day to the monotony of long quiet hours spent in cold, wet trenches (eBook).

Lines of fire : women writers of World War I

From incisive political treatises to gripping medical accounts, diary entries, poetry, and stunning visual art, Lines of Fire vividly captures the spirit and passion of the women who lived through this divisive time in our history, and enriches our understanding of the twentieth century's Great War.

Meuse-Argonne diary : a division commander in World War I

During America's participation in World War I, only a single commander of a division, William M. Wright, is known to have kept a diary. In it, General Wright relates his two-month experience at St. Mihiel and especially the Meuse-Argonne, the largest and most costly battle in American history (eBook).

No place to run : the Canadian Corps and gas warfare in the First Wold War

Tim Cook uses diaries, letters, reminiscences, published memoirs, and the official archival record to illustrate vividly the grim reality of gas warfare for the average trench soldier. In response, the Canadian Corps had to develop a disciplined anti-gas doctrine, a process that Cook describes in full (eBook).


Rickenbacker was one of the earliest race car drivers on the national circuit, and running the Indianapolis Speedway. During World War I, he joined up and finally worked his way into the Air Services. He became America's Ace of Aces-earning nineteen decorations for bravery in action and was universally known as "Captain Eddie."

Turbulent era; a diplomatic record of forty years, 1904-1945

Joseph Clark Grew (May 27, 1880 – May 25, 1965) was an American career diplomat and Foreign Service officer. His memoirs span a period including World War I and World War II.

The World War I reader : primary and secondary sources

100 years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, World War I continues to be badly understood and greatly oversimplified. Its enormous impact on the world in terms of international diplomacy and politics, and the ways in which future military engagements would evolve, be fought, and ultimately get resolved have been ignored. With this reader of primary and secondary documents, students can gain an extensive yet accessible understanding of this conflict (eBook).

Resources in Library Databases

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Resources on the Internet