The second of our innovative Library4History sites, this new online resource makes key texts on American History freely available to students, researchers and anyone interested in the history of the United States.
We start with one of the most comprehensive collections of historical documents ever published. Great Crises In Our History Told by Its Makers - A Library of Original Sources was originally issued by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and is now reproduced in its entirety on this site.
This is an extensive survey of American history from pre-Columbian times to 1925, as seen through the eyes of contemporary witnesses and historians. Designed to complement the historical literature by making available the largest compilation of original documents ever published, it provides a unique and indispensable source history of America.
The twelve volumes, all now online, comprise mostly eye-witness and contemporary accounts of key events in American history, from the voyage of the Mayflower through the Salem witch trials, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's own account of his ride, the Declaration of Independence, the birth of the United States, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Indian wars, the fall of the Alamo, the Civil War, Lincoln's assassination, the Alaska Purchase, World War I and much more too.
Follow the links on the left to read letters, journals, commentaries, accounts of voyages and other documents from Eric the Red, Sebastian Cabot, Christopher Columbus, Captain John Smith, William Penn, Cotton Mather, George Washington, General Cornwallis, Tom Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Henry Breckenridge, Andrew Jackson, Washington Irving, William H Seward, Samuel F Morse, Sam Houston, Robert E Lee, Henry Clay, Daniel Wesbter, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Francis Parkman, Horace Greeley, John Fiske, Buffalo Bill Cody and a host of other witnesses of, and participants in, American history.
This site aims to make freely available some of the most essential literature now in the public domain (i.e. out of copyright) as online books, offering a wealth of information that is still of intrinsic value. We scan and convert these indispensable texts into web pages that are easy to find and digest, broken down into convenient short sections and sub-sections in line with the chapter and sub-section divisions of the original book. This makes it easy for you to access and read some of most useful and interesting extant material on American history.
All material on this site is available free of charge to students, researchers, historians and general readers, with no subscription fees.