History of the United States: XIX-XX Centuries

A journey in the history of the United States through the pages of our collection

By Centro Studi Americani

Frontespizio di The history of the rise, progress, and accomplishment of the abolition of the African Slave-trade by the British Parliament (1808) by Clarkson, ThomasCentro Studi Americani

The American War of Secession

The American War of Secession, also known as the American Civil War, was fought from April 12, 1861 to June 23, 1865 (the last battle ended on May 13, 1865) between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, a political entity that arose from the confederal reunion of states seceding from the Union.

Illustrazione di The history of the rise, progress, and accomplishment of the abolition of the African Slave-trade by the British Parliament (1808) by Clarkson, ThomasCentro Studi Americani

In the 1860 presidential election, the Republicans, led by Abraham Lincoln, supported the prohibition of slavery in all U.S. territories, a proposal that the Southern states perceived as a violation of their constitutional rights. The Republican Party, which was dominant in the North, secured a majority of the electoral votes and Lincoln became the first Republican U.S. President.

Frontespizio di The history of the rise and fall of the slave power in America (1872) by Wilson, HenryCentro Studi Americani

The Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln promoted the Emancipation Proclamation, which made the abolition of slavery a goal of the war. The issue of slavery concerned not only the ethically unacceptable way slaves were treated, but also the fact that slavery itself was an anachronism incompatible with American values and the economic system protected by the Constitution.

A letter to a clergyman, urging him to set free a black girl he held in slavery (1788) by James MacGregorCentro Studi Americani

This pamphlet was printed in Halifax in 1788 by Reverend James MacGregor. It is the only existing intact copy. Another copy is kept in the Legislative Library of Nova Scotia, in Halifax (where the document was first printed), but it is missing the original cover. Several other American libraries have only the microform of the pamphlet. 

The document is also of great importance from the point of view of contents, because with it, in a very bold and courageous way for the time, MacGregor appeals to the nearby Reverend Daniel Cock, asking him to free a black girl he held in slavery, and refutes the argument that black people, because of the color of their skin, are creatures of the devil.

Frontespizio di War letters, 1862-1865, of John Chipman Gray and John Codman Ropes (1927) by John Chipman Gray, John Codman RopesCentro Studi Americani

A forceful action

It took the North a long time to bring its full power to bear and to recognize that forceful action would be required to defeat the South.

Antiporta di War letters, 1862-1865, of John Chipman Gray and John Codman Ropes (1927) by John Chipman Gray, John Codman RopesCentro Studi Americani

The Union Army was flanked by the Armies of the Potomac, the Kentucky Cavalry, and the Kentucky and Ohio Volunteers. The Confederate Army was flanked by the Army of the Mississippi, Army of Northern Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia volunteers.

Tavola illustrata di War letters, 1862-1865, of John Chipman Gray and John Codman Ropes (1927) by John Chipman Gray, John Codman RopesCentro Studi Americani

This war was one of the first to resort in large scale to the resources and means of transportation of the industrial age. It foreshadowed the wars of the 20th century with a national mobilization that profoundly depleted the resources of civil society.

Frontespizio di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

This work by Elisha Benjamin Andrews has for many years been considered academically fundamental to the study of U.S. history. The publication is accompanied by illustrated tables recounting the most relevant historical moments.

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

Promontory Point, Utah, May 10, 1869.

Driving the last spike of the Union Pacific

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

September 24, 1869

The scene in the New York Gold Room on Black Friday

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

1871

The high commissioners in session at Washington

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

New Orleans, 1874

The dispersal of the McEnery legislature at Odd Fellows' Hall

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

New Orleans, September 14, 1874

The Mass-Meetign of at the Clay statue 

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

1874

The beginning of the conflict in front of the Anthony House, Little Rock, subsequent to Baxter's speech to the colored regiment

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

1874

The Brooks forces evacuating the State-House at Little Rock

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

January 4, 1875

L. A. Wiltz taking possession of the speaker's chair in the Louisiana State-House

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume I (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

July 22, 1877

The attempt to fire the Pennsylvania Railroad Round-House in Pittsburg, at daybreak on Sunday

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume II (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

1884

The Greely survivors and rescuing party

Tavola illustrata di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume II (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

N. Y., 1886

The Bartholdi Statue of Liberty, seen from Communipaw

Antiporta di The history of the last quarter-century in the United States, 1870-1895. Volume II (1896) by Elisha Benjamin AndrewsCentro Studi Americani

December 15, 1894

The Lexow Investigation. Scene in the Court Room after Creeden’s Confession 

Frontespizio di The making of the nation. 1783-1817 (1895) by Francis A. WalkerCentro Studi Americani

The Library of the Center for American Studies has a very rich collection of texts dealing with the history of the United States of America.

Frontespizio di The American conflict: a history of the great rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-'64 (1865) by Greeley, HoraceCentro Studi Americani


The collection is constantly being updated

Antiporta di The American conflict: a history of the great rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-'64 (1865) by Greeley, HoraceCentro Studi Americani

Antiporta di The American conflict: a history of the great rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-'65 (1867) by Greeley, HoraceCentro Studi Americani

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