Items in the WRLC catalog are organized by Library of Congress Subject Heading in addition to author, title, and call number. Subjects are broken down in hierarchies, from broad to specific. Some items are cataloged under more than one subject heading. Below are some general subject terms related to reconstrucion in the American South, following the Civil War:
The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.
The primary source materials for this website are taken from the pages of Harper’s Weekly, the leading American illustrated newspaper in the second-half of the nineteenth century. The items include editorials by George William Curtis, cartoons by Thomas Nast and other artists, illustrations of important people and events, feature stories, and news briefs from the “Domestic Intelligence” column. In addition to the primary source material, HarpWeek has added an annotated timeline, biographical sketches of significant players in the creation of the Fifteenth Amendment, and a glossary of terms.
The primary source materials for this website are taken from the pages of Harper’s Weekly, the leading American illustrated newspaper in the second-half of the nineteenth century. The items include editorials, feature stories, news items, illustrations, and cartoons. Of special interest are the news briefs in the “Domestic Intelligence” column under the subheading, “Congress,” which give readers today a unique opportunity to follow the proposals, counterproposals, debates, and votes in Congress on the major issues of the day. In addition to the primary source material, HarpWeek has added an annotated timeline, biographical sketches of significant players in the creation of the Fourteenth Amendment, and a glossary of terms.
In addition to materials on slavery, the items on this site from the time of the Civil War and Reconstruction cover a range of subjects and formats. Among the topics are the emancipation of the slaves, their military service during the Civil War, and the violent backlash those policies engendered, as well as the freedpeople’s post-war struggle for basic civil rights, economic liberties, and freedom from hatred and harm. Different types of material are presented to show the rich variety of Harper’s Weekly: editorials, news stories, news briefs, cartoons, illustrations, advertisements, verse, and a fictional short story (up to one-third of each issue was devoted to literature).
The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands...often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory. The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states.
The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin.