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HIS 121 & 122: United States History

This guide presents resources for the study of United States History, from the “pre-history” of native North American Indians to the period of exploration and discovery in the late fifteenth century, through the present.

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Below is a sampling of print books from our library collections on United States history topics.

Try some of these subject terms when searching for books:

By time period:

indians of north america; north america discovery and exploration; united states history; united states history colonial period; united states history revolution; united states history 18th century; united states history 19th century; united states history 20th century; united states history 21st century

By political/social movement or event:

civil rights movements southern states; constitutional history united states; depressions 1929; new deal; territorial expansion; slavery united states

By specific war:

civil war 1861-1865; cold war; french and indian war; iraq war; revolution 1775-1783; spanish-american war; vietnam war; war on terrorism; world war 1914-1918; world war 1939-1945

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Reynolds Library uses Library of Congress call numbers to organize books by subject area. United States History can be found in sections DE and F.

The subdivisions are as follows:

  • E58-E99 - Indians of North America
  • E101-E179 - North America discovery and exploration
  • E158-E162 - U.S. History Colonial Period 
  • E179-E382 - Territorial expansion
  • E179.5 - Manifest Destiny
  • E185-E185.9 - Civil rights movement
  • E208 - U.S. Revolutionary War 
  • E441-450 - Slavery United States History
  • E458-E656 - U.S. Civil War
  • E668 - Reconstruction
  • E743 - Progressive era
  • D521-D723 - World war 1914-1918
  • D743-D811 - World war 1939-1945
  • D843; E743-E895 - Cold war
  • DS79.76 - Iraq war
  • DS557-DS559 - Vietnam war
  • E895; HV6432 - War on terrorism 
  • F1-F975 - United States local history
  • HB3717 - Great depression 1929
  • HC105 - Industrial era
  • KF4510-KF4541 - Federalism & Constitution

If you are looking for history pre-Colonial period, try section C, which contains History (Archaeology and Geneology).


If we don't have a book at Reynolds, you can search WorldCat to find books in area libraries: