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Making of America

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The Making of America is a collection of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The digital collection includes 267 monograph volumes and 100,000 journal articles in education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. A link to the University of Michigan's Making of America Collection is included on the About page. High school teachers and students can browse or search using a basic, Boolean, proximity, or bibliographical function. Search results can be sorted by author, title, or date ascending or descending. When searching text for keywords use the website text search window. Your browser search will not function.

Browse Making of America (MOA) facilitates browsing by journal, monograph, and Civil War documents. MOA features 22 Journals.

A search for Henry James in The Atlantic Monthly will return 521 matches in 369 records, including the short story for “The Romance for Certain Old Clothes” in the February 1868 issue.

Browsing Civil War documents in Harper's New Monthly Magazine provides Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies and Armies. A search of Gettysburg records produced 404 matches for July 3rd, the last day of fighting. The Old Guard was published by Chauncey Burr in New York City from 1863 to 1867. Burr was against the Civil War and was a defender of slavery. A search of “Copperhead,” Northerners who opposed the Civil War, produced 14 matches, including “The Authors of the Federalist “Copperheads,” which argued for states’ rights in determining slavery.

A search of Putnam’s Monthly produced in its April 1857 issue an article titled “Our Authors and Authorship - Melville and Curtis” in which the author asked, “What, for instance, did Mr. Melville mean when he wrote “Moby Dick?”



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