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As part of the Open Collections Program, Harvard University offers a wealth of texts and images related to voluntary immigration to the United States from 1789-1930. The collection’s strongest offerings are from the nineteenth-century, when successive waves of immigrants from all over the world flocked to the U.S. to reap the benefits of the new urban industrial order. Materials illuminate the perspectives of immigrants and native-born Americans and highlight both the benefits and the challenges faced by a nation during a phase of rapid immigration.
This digital collection focuses on the early history of Las Vegas, Nevada in the beginning of the twentieth century. While it is currently best known as an entertainment destination, early Las Vegas makes a useful case study for those interested in industry, suburbanization, transportation, and ecology. Additionally, photographs from the post-WWII period showcase the growing prevalence of Vegas nightclubs that will be familiar to contemporary visitors.
This digital project focuses on the history of Durham, North Carolina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition to being the home of Duke University, which hosts the project, Durham serves as a case study for many important trends shaping the post-Civil War South, including industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and emmancipation. The web site contains primary sources for Durham between the 1870s and the 1920s. Topics can be browsed or searched by keyword and searched by Library of Congress Subject Heading.
This digital project is comprised of interviews with 68 individuals involved in Chicago’s twentieth-century labor movement. As a hub of industry and immigration, Chicago was a center of labor-related activism, and the interviews shown here provide a variety of perspectives on that critical struggle.