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American and Latin American Studies - Recommended Sources

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Explore 20 collections of documents, including minutes of meetings and conferences, press releases, fliers, brochures, press clippings, US government memoranda and reports, private correspondence, surveys and photos.

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 2007 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

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A high quality alternative to Wikipedia – also containing dictionaries - which even shows you how to reference items found. Try out the 'mind map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

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Information from across North and South America about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies

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A wide ranging archive which includes US Supreme Court records, books, pamphlets, newspapers and facsimiles of letters by the English abolitionist William Wilberforce etc

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ECLAC (or CEPAL in Spanish) is one of 5 regional commissions of the United Nations whose aims are to promote the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean. The site's Data and Statistics section is a key, trusted source to look at - in particular, check out the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean .

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The IDB has been a leading source of development funding for Latin America and the Caribbean since 1959. The site contains lots of useful information and a data section.

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A listing of key web resources covering South and Central America compiled by experts at the University of Texas.

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Explore a range of documents from the early 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century covering desegregation, civil rights activities and protests, race relations and community integration, plus African American culture. You will find facsimiles of letters, pamphlets, photos, maps, legal records etc, plus oral history interviews which you can watch.

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Read accounts of slave life by over 2,300 former slaves as told to interviewers between 1936 and 1938.

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Access over 100,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency from George Washington onwards – includes speeches and foreign policy documents.

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A key independent source on US economics, governance and foreign policy.

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US legislative information from the Library of Congress.

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Reports dating from 2001 onwards prepared by analysts for members and committees of Congress. Useful primary sources on US foreign policy.

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Access a range of statistics from the Census and Federal Government agencies

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The official historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. You can browse or search documents from 1861-1960.

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A rich range of resources related to FDR.

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Access information and detailed documents related to this President

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This site gives you access to most of President Truman's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks.

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Access sound and video clips, together with photos and documents related to JFK (type archive in the search box to get a link to the Digital Archives)

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Access photos and documents related to LBJ

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A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through to reconstruction.

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Access thousands of speeches, sermons, letters and other historic documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr. The site also includes the King Online Encyclopedia which has information on over 1000 civil rights movement figures and a chronology of the movement.

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Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of people from Britain, Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. Thematic areas include motives for emigration, port conditions and organisation and journey conditions.

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Good for US history and politics from the twentieth century onwards, this site contains declassified US documents.

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This selection from the American Presidency Project gives you the text of the primary sources needed for studying Eisenhower's Presidency.

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Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

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Key information – including biographies, election results, cabinet members and notable events - about every President from George Washington onwards.

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Gives access to documents and photos from 1991 onwards.

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An archive about racial segregation including photos and letters.

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Film clips and online sources with links to other slavery sites.

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Authoritative data going back to 1878 from the United States Census Bureau. For earlier years data is available via PDF or Zip files but more recent years have Excel spreadsheets available to download.

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A key site for this President which includes an essay on foreign affairs.

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The official web portal of the U.S. government giving access to government information and services. You will also find a section aimed at visitors to the U.S.

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Key links to information about the current Presidential Administration, including speeches, statements, legislation and major policy areas.  The Our Government section explains the role of the different branches of government as well as linking to the Constitution.

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Access key US documents, including the Declaration of Independence, online.

Books for American and Latin American Studies can be found on all three floors of the University Library.

Please check the Library Catalogue to find the exact book you need. A few useful starting points include

civil rights movement
history of Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Bermuda
history of South America
history of the United States
slavery
US politics

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