American History

American South Resources

Selected reference books and atlases

Suggested Databases and Websites

Q&A: Social Impact of the Beatles


I am doing a paper on the social impact of the Beatles. Can you help me find sources?


You'll find plenty of primary source magazine articles and photos using Readers Guide Retrospective (available on the Databases site, and the This Fabulous Century books (E161 .T55 in Green).

A Searchworks search with keywords "Beatles social aspects" returns several good book titles (note the Subject Headings "Beatles" and "Rock Music Social Aspects"): for example, All You Need is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: How the Beatles and U2 Changed the World.

For articles, use the databases: Sociological Abstracts and Historical Abstracts. Search for keyword: Beatles, or Beatles Social Aspects, or similar terms. (Be careful of the database records that say Dissertation Abstracts, because Stanford is unlikely to have non-Stanford dissertations.)

Q&A: Use of the Bible in Abolishing Slavery


I'm researching the influence of the Bible on the abolition of slavery in the U.S., specifically John Brown's use of the Bible. I need to trace Bible publication and commentaries from the late 18th Century through the Civil War.


For a bibliographical and printing perspective, you might want to look at Margaret Hill's 1962 bibliography (which also includes an index to commentaries): The English Bible in America. Other volumes that may be useful include Spreading the Word, the Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America, The Bible and Bibles in America, and The Rise of Biblical Criticism in America, 1800-1870.

Mark Noll of Notre Dame has written extensively on the subject. A useful review essay appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature in 1987. Noll's most recent work might also be helpful:The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. He also edited an earlier collection on the cultural history of the Bible in America, called The Bible in America, Essays in Cultural History.

Regarding John Brown specifically, the basic study of his religious beliefs is Fire From the Midst of You, by Louis DeCaro. DeCaro also maintains a John Brown blog, with details about John Brown's religious beliefs and artifacts from his life and death.

Many scholarly biographies also offer a great deal of information about John Brown's religious beliefs. Two of the most recent are Patriotic Treason, John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton and John Brown, Abolitionist, the Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights by David Reynolds.

There is a large collection of the John Brown Papers at the Chicago History Museum, which includes his Bible, used and annotated by John Brown while awaiting execution. The collection has an online catalog.

Native American Indian Heritage Month

pictureNovember is Native American Indian Heritage Month. It is now featured in one of the Special Reports on the database Global Newsbank, including articles, maps, and websites. See the Native American Cultural Center calendar for events taking place this month on campus. We also have a special research guide on Native American Studies to help you access our collections in the library.

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