U.S. History: Stamp Act Debates

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Encyclopedias and Reference Books /eBooks

To search large collections of ebooks simultaneously: Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infobase eBooks, and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica, plus primary sources, ebook content, images and video, journal articles, and recommended web links.

  • American centuries: the ideas, issues, and values that shaped U.S. history. Ref E 174 .A534 2011 5 vols (also an online ebook)
  • The American economy: a historical encyclopedia. Ref HC102 .A66 2011 2 vols
  • American eras: the Revolutionary era, 1754-1783. Ref E 169.1 .A471979 1997 v. 3 (also an online ebook)
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1789. History in dispute series. Ref D 20 .H543 2000 v.12 (also an online ebook)
  • American Revolution Reference Library, 5v, 2000 (an online ebook)
  • American writers before 1800: a biographical and critical dictionary. Ref PS 185 .A4 1983 3 vols
  • Americans at war: Society, culture and the homefront. Ref E 181 .A453 2005 4 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Civil disobedience: an encyclopedic history of dissidence in the United States. Ref JC 328.3 .S64 2008 2 vols
  • Colonial America reference library, 6v, 2000 (an online ebook)
  • Conflicts in American history: a documentary encyclopedia. Ref E 174 .C655 2010 8 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Dictionary of American history. Ref E 174 .D52 2003 10 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Disasters, accidents, and crises in American history : a reference guide to the nation's most catastrophic events. Ref E 179 .C27 2008
  • Encyclopedia of American economic history. Ref HC103 .E52 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American historical documents. Ref E 173 .E54 2004 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American History: Revolution and the New Nation, 1761-1812. Ref 174 .E53 2003 v. 3(2010 ed. also an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of American political history. Ref E 183 .E5 1984 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American social history. Ref HN57 .E58 1992 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of colonial and revolutionary America. Ref E 188 .E63
  • Encyclopedia of revolutionary America. Ref E208 .G55 2010 3 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of the North American colonies. Ref E 45 .E53 1993 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of U.S. political history. Ref E 183 .E53 2010 7 vols
  • Gale encyclopedia of U.S. economic history. 3 v, 2015 (an online ebook)
  • Gale encyclopedia of U.S. history: Government and politics , 2v, 2008 (an online ebook)
  • Great events from history: The 18th century, 1701-1800. Ref D 286 .G74 2006 2 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Milestone documents in American history. Ref E 173 .M54 2008 3 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Milestone documents of American leaders. Ref E 173 .M55 2009 4 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Revolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history: an encyclopedia. 2011 (an online ebook)

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    • American colonial documents to 1776. (English historical documents, vol. IX –X ) DA 26 E55 v. 9 and v. 10
    • American political writing during the founding era, 1760-1805 / Charles S. Hyneman and Donald S. Lutz. JK 113 .A716 1983 2 vols (index in v.2)
    • American Tory / William H. Nelson. E 277 .N48
    • Debatable issues in U.S. history: From colonies to a country, 1635-1790. E 178.3 .D42 2004, v. 1
    • Debating the issues in colonial newspapers / David A. Copeland. E 187 .C78 2000
    • The founding of a nation: A history of the American Revolution, 1763-1776 / Merrill Jensen. E 195 J4 (also an online ebook)
    • The glorious case: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 / Robert Middlekauff. E 208 .M52 1982
    • Jared Ingersoll; A study of American loyalism in relation to British colonial government. E 302.6 I6 G44 1969
    • The long fuse: How England lost the American colonies, 1760-1785 / Don Cook. E 210 .C665 1995
    • Major problems in the era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791 / Richard D. Brown, editor. E 208 .M335 2000
    • Prologue to revolution: Sources and documents of the Stamp Act Crisis, 1764-1766. E 215.2 .M57
    • The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to revolution. E 215.2 .M58
    • Whig-Loyalism: An aspect of political ideology in the American revolutionary era / William Allen Benton. E 277 .B4


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    How to debate like a pro (PBS presents great advice from Georgetown Univ. students who won the 2012 National Debate Tournament)