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This resource was developed to help teachers and students use the vast online collections of the Library of Congress. The links to the right will lead you to sets of  selected primary sources on a variety of topics in United States History. The sets are arranged by chronological period.

The primary source excerpts were chosen because they deal with important and interesting topics in U.S. history. Each excerpt is linked to the complete primary source in American Memory from which is has been drawn. The excerpts are thus also intended to help students and teachers delve more deeply into the primary sources provided online by the Library of Congress.

Beginnings to 1763
American Revolution, 1763-1783
New Nation, 1783-1815
National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900
Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
Great Depression/World War II, 1929-1945
Postwar United States, 1945-1968
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Last updated 07/18/2003