Selling the American West: Strategies and Rhetoric of Illusion

Wtr 2009


Molly Molloy

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American West Resources

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Specialized Stanford resources:

Subject Specialist for American and British History, Ben Stone,, responsible for the following:

Ben’s blog: links to current/online/audio exhibits

General guide to American History

History of the American West - from United States History, Collections, also links to Newspapers online

Special Stanford Resource:

Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West

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Find History Resources

Suggested History Databases

  • America, history and life: includes article abstracts, fulltext when available, and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.
  • Historical abstracts: historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers (This link will take you to the Historical New York Times. To add additional Historical Newspapers and American Periodicals 1740-1940, see the link on the blue banner at the top of the Proquest screen and select "list" of databases and "change database selections" or choose the link "change" to select additional newspapers and periodicals)
  • Oral history online: Oral history online is a landmark index to English language oral histories. Find and explore the voices of more than 300,000 individuals.

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News media

Topical Databases

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