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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 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.