Explore the life and times of struggle, conflict and change in North America, through first-person documentation from those who lived and made history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Use your Mason NetID to examine diaries, letters, books and records of those who shaped history – they’re just a click away. Step back in time using these searchable archives to expolre a wide range of issues from immigration, African American studies, elections, labor, history, political science, social behavior, women’s studies and more.
American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism
American Indian Movement (AIM) database documents a time of continuing social change and protest (1968-1979). The radical approach AIM adopted was based on its leaders’ perceptions that early Indian advocacy had failed to achieve any tangible results through lobbying activities with Congress and state legislatures. The digitized FBI library files document the evolution of the organization’s social protest as well as the development of Native American radicalism.
ProQuest History Vault: Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle
Primary source accounts provide insight into the 20th century Black freedom struggle. Highlighted collections of organizational records and leaders’ personal papers include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and Claude A. Barnett’s Associated Negro Press. Federal government documents record the political movement, the push for civil rights legislation, and the interaction between African Americans and the federal government in the 20th century.
Women & Social Movements in the U.S.
The history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000 is chronicled by the works of 2,600 primary authors. Additionally, the database contains scholarly essays from leading contemporary historians which illuminate key historical issues and provide entry points for accessing digitized materials such as books, films, web site reviews, news from the archives as well as teaching tools for women’s studies and women’s history. The collection continues to grow with two new issues of peer-reviewed work released annually.
For more information and resources on these topics, search the subject guides, Mason Libraries’ database list or contact George Oberle, History Librarian or Mary Oberlies, Conflict and Peace Studies Librarian.
Please join us for a screening with local roots: City of Trees. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the documentary makers Lance Kramer, Brandon Kramer, and Professor Rutledge Dennis. Mason students, faculty, and staff are all invited to attend.
City of Trees (2015) follows the nonprofit Washington Parks & People, which tries to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a “green” job-training program in the hardest hit communities in D.C. This film shows what happens during the two years that the organization had to help unemployed people find jobs and improve parks in their neighborhoods.
This event is presented by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Mason Reads, University Libraries, Honors College, Off Campus Student Programs and Services, Center for Climate Change Communication, African and African American Studies, English Department, BSA, DKA, and University Life.