Encyclopedias: History: North America

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American Economy: a Historical Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides detailed information about the formation and development of economic policy throughout American history and describes its continued importance" including its influence on "social, cultural, political, and economic events from colonial times to the present." Electronic version of the revised edition.

American Eras [Rutgers Restricted]
An electronic version of the 8 volume resource which "includes essays on events, publications, lifestyles and individuals important to particular eras in U.S. history."

American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
More than 250 entries on developments in the growing field of men’s studies including topics such as: arts, literature, and popular culture; body, health, and sexuality; class, ethnic, racial, and religious identities; concepts and theories; family and fatherhood; general history; icons and symbols; leisure and work; movements and organizations; people; and political and social issues.

Includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present, plus other features.

Class in America: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Looks "at class from a variety of traditional perspectives: economic, historical, and sociological." "The 525 signed entries each end with a Suggested Reading section, for those interested in further research. A Bibliographical Essay can be found at the end of Volume 3."

Colonialism: an International, Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"This encyclopedia specifically sets out to treat cultural concepts and intellectual ideas as crucial to an understanding of colonialism in the modern world." Many entries "deal with the geographic dimensions of colonialism, including the places that came to be dominated by foreign societies as well as the national expressions of colonialism by various primarily (but not exclusively) European empires."

Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History [Rutgers Restricted]
An abridged version of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. "Provides comprehensive coverage of both the traditional topics of U.S. political history and the broader forces that shape American politics--including economics, religion, social movements, race, class, and gender."

Contemporary Fashion [Rutgers Restricted]
"A reference book covering individual designers and fashion houses that have been active throughout the 20th and 21st centuries." 2nd edition. A freely accessible version is also available.

EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History
Provides reference articles written by experts in the field. Search, or browse by keyword.

Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico
Covers categories such as arts, economy, government, history, municipalities, popular culture, and more with essays and articles by academics, researchers, and subject matter experts. Available in Spanish or English.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History [Rutgers Restricted]
"A five-volume set and supplement covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community." 2nd edition.

Encyclopedia of African American Education [Rutgers Restricted]
"The encyclopedia follows the struggle of African Americans to achieve equality in education—beginning among an enslaved population and evolving into the present."

Encyclopedia of African American History [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the "totality of the African American experience, from beginnings in precolonial Atlantic Africa through the dawn of the 21st century."

Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [Rutgers Restricted]
"Features more than six hundred entries on entertainment, history, sports, art, writing and publications, food, business, organizations, and more."

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy [Rutgers Restricted]

Electronic version of the 3 volume resource containing "essays by subject experts on concepts and doctrines, policymaking, commerce and science, human rights and arms control, with specific articles on topics ranging from anti-imperialism to environmental diplomacy, from refugee policies to terrorism and countermeasures. Also includes a chronology." A freely accessible version is also available.

Encyclopedia of American Immigration [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the full depth and breadth of American immigration history--from the arrival of the early ancestors of Native Americans more than ten millennia ago to a broad range of twenty-first century immigration issues." Addresses the diverse demographic, economic, legal, political, and social aspects of immigration.

Encyclopedia of American Journalism [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers all aspects of the history of journalism in the United States, including print media, radio, television, and the Internet. Electronic version of the print encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of American Studies
"Covers the history, philosophy, arts, and cultures of the United States in relation to the world, from pre-colonial days to the present, from various perspectives and the global American Studies movement." Includes articles with accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.

Encyclopedia of American Urban History [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides "both a summary and an interpretation of the field. With contributions from leading academics in their fields, this authoritative resource offers an interdisciplinary approach by covering topics from economics, geography, anthropology, politics,

Encyclopedia of Black Studies [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains a full analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary, and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent. Includes key themes such as: afrocentricity, anti-racism, arts, associations and organizations, campus politics, civil rights, classical africa, culture, departmental histories, institutions, intellectual schools, legal issues, movements, political issues, racism, religion, reparations, and resistance."

Encyclopedia of Drug Policy [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores the controversial drug war through the lens of varied disciplines. A full spectrum of articles explains topics from Colombian cartels and Mexican kingpins to television reportage; from just say no" advertising to heroin production; and from narco-terrorism to more than $500 billion in U.S. government expenditures."

Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent [Rutgers Restricted]
"Opens with a historical overview of educational reform and dissent and a timeline of key reforms, legislation, publications, and more. Examines the reform or dissent related to education found in theories, concepts, ideas, writings, research, and practice. Addresses how reformers and dissenters become significant culture-shaping people and change the way we conduct our lives."

Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West [Rutgers Restricted]
Examines the settlement of the American West including "coverage of movements of American Indians, African Americans, and the often-forgotten role of women in the West’s development." Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Lesbian - Gay - Bisexual and Transgender History in America [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a comprehensive survey of lesbian and gay history and culture in the United States. Includes approximately 545 articles ranging from short biographical entries to longer essays surveying topics such as the Stonewall riots, federal law and policy, same sex institutions, and AIDS. Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of New Jersey [Rutgers Restricted]
Signed articles of varying lengths on people, places, events, and other topics relevant to New Jersey history.

Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars, 1607-1890 [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a broad, in-depth, and multidisciplinary look at the causes and effects of warfare between whites and Native Americans, encompassing nearly three centuries of history.quot;

Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores the concept of play in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of several curricular disciplines, from sociology to child psychology, from lifestyle history to social epidemiology."

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime [Rutgers Restricted]
"A comprehensive compilation of relevant facts and information on topics related to race and crime and the crime and justice experiences of racial/ethnic groups in the United States."

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Coverage is broad and interdisciplinary "including the fields of anthropology, health sciences, history, political science, social work, and sociology."

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression [Rutgers Restricted]
An electronic version of the 2 volume resource providing "entries on Depression-era politics, government, business, economics, literature, the arts, society, and culture."

Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: a Political, Social, and Military History [Rutgers Restricted]
Articles of varying lengths on all aspects of the Vietnam war, with a chronology, document texts, and related information. Each article includes a list of references and linked cross-references to related topics.

Encyclopedia of United States National Security [Rutgers Restricted]
In addition to presenting historical facts and analyses of weapons systems, treaties, and international conflicts, it is designed to also provide a comprehensive introduction to some of the more complicated and abstract questions concerning world politics and national security.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes important work and traditions from each of the urban disciplines, including urban anthropology, urban economics, urban geography, urban history, urban politics, urban psychology, and urban sociology."

Encyclopedia of War & American Society [Rutgers Restricted]
The three volumes cover a wide range of general thematic categories, issues, and topics that address not only the geopolitical effects of war, but also show how the U.S. engagement in national and international conflicts has affected the social and cultural arena. Key themes include: arts and culture; civil-military relations; economy and labor; education (both military and civilian); environment and health; journalism and media; law and justice; military leaders and figures; planning, command and control; race, gender, and ethnicity; religion; science and technology;veterans' issues and experiences; and the wars themselves and their civilian and military leaders.

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450 [Rutgers Restricted]
A "comprehensive resource on the subject of colonialism and expansion. From a global perspective, the set traces many facets of colonial growth and imperialism, and much more." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Women in the American West [Rutgers Restricted]
Captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. The encyclopedia "covers nine diverse topical categories: agriculture/ranching, arts and letters, education, entrepreneurs, law, pioneers, public performance, religion, and women's organizations."

Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers [Rutgers Restricted]
Articles on women reformers from the French Revolution to the second wave of feminism in the 1970s, with a few important contemporary figures.

Encyclopedia Virginia
"An authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. Entries are accompanied by primary documents and media objects, including images, audio and visual clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites." A project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) in partnership with the Library of Virginia.

Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]

A focus on leading social issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Each title contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History [Rutgers Restricted]
Designed to answer such key questions as: How has the U.S. Constitution shaped the economy of the United States? What were the consequences of Prohibition on consumers' behavior? This title presents 1,000 entries, era overviews, event/movement profiles, biographies, business/industry profiled, geographic profiles, and more. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

Influenza Encyclopedia: The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia
Covers "the places, the people, and the organizations that battled the American influenza epidemic of 1918-1919."

9/11 Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Aims to "present to the reader a comprehensive look at all aspects of September 11" including coverage of the people, events, timeline, aftermath, and even the various conspiracy theories. Some primary documents are also included.

Poverty in America: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the entire history of American poverty from all angles--historical, social, cultural, political, spiritual, and literary."

Race Relations in the United States [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the key events, influential voices, race relations by group, legislation, media influences, cultural output, and theories of inter-group interactions."

St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide: Major Events in Labor History and Their Impact [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides in-depth analysis of more than 300 key events in labor history over the last 200 years, focusing on the relevance of these events to both the labor movement as a whole and to societal changes around the world. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes more than 2,700 signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words... Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and, where appropriate, photographs and textual cross-references to related essays. Electronic version of the 5 volume print resource.

State Blue Books and Encyclopedias
A compilation of links to state Blue Books (almanacs or other compilations of statistics and information) and encyclopedias. Because not all states have a Blue Book or encyclopedia freely available online, "efforts have been made to direct users to resources that contain at least some of the information."

Working Americans, 1880-2007 (Volume VIII: Immigrants) [Rutgers Restricted]
Examines the lives of first- and second-generation immigrants with a focus on their journey to America, their search for identity and the emotions they experienced in a new land. Electronic version of the print resource.