For three centuries after Columbus, Native people controlled most of eastern North America and profoundly shaped its destiny. In Facing East from Indian Country, Richter keeps Native people center-stage throughout the story of the origins of the United States. Viewed from Indian country, the sixteenth century was an era in which Native people discovered Europeans and struggled to make sense of a new world. Well into the seventeenth century, the most profound challenges to Indian life came less from the arrival of a relative handful of European colonists than from the biological, economic, and environmental forces the newcomers unleashed. Drawing upon their own traditions, Indian communities reinvented themselves and carved out a place in a world dominated by transatlantic European empires. In 1776, however, when some of Britain’s colonists rebelled against that imperial world, they overturned the system that had made Euro-American and Native coexistence possible. Eastern North America only ceased to be an Indian country because the revolutionaries denied the continent’s first peoples a place in the nation they were creating.
Moffat Library Databases: History
New York State Historic Resources
- Contains millions of digitized materials, including papers 18th century documents, fashion plates, public domain works, maps, atlases, and historic photographs of New York City.
- "The New York State Archives' Digital Collections provides access to photographs, textual records, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts, and other materials. Most items come from the holdings of the New York State Archives, but this collection also includes material from the New York State Museum, State Library, and project partners across New York State."
- Digital collection of thousands of photographs, manuscripts and objects from libraries, archives and museums from across New York State!
- Free downloadable reports, articles, and books published by, or for, the New York State Museum.
Digital History Collections
- The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together an all digital collection of photographs, manuscripts, sound recordings, and moving images from libraries across the United States
- The National Archives and Records Administration is the federal agency responsible for the preservation and documentation of governmental records. Documents of extraordinary legal or historical significance are made permanently available online.
- A digitized collection of approximately 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps that include information such as street names, buildings materials and property boundaries. New maps will be added by the Library of Congress every month until 2020.
Primary sources are the raw materials of history. They can take a variety of forms (such as oral, textual, or visual), but they all represent opportunities for historians to understand what happened in the past and how people at the time lived and thought.
Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
HRVH Historical Newspapers provides access to digitized copies of historical newspapers from the Hudson River Valley region of New York State. Includes several Rockland and Orange County newspapers.
Search over 35,875,000 Historical Newspaper Pages from the USA & Canada. Full text search can be retrieved using the Advanced Search option.
Brings together hundreds of thousands digitized materials on African American history from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country
The Recorded Sound Research Center provides access to the Library of Congress's collection of audio recordings. From the first commercial recordings of music in America to sports radio broadcasts, from religious music and folk art to early audio recordings of political leaders, let history come to life
The Avalon Project collects, organizes, and makes available the text of historically significant documents in the fields of law, economics, politics, and diplomacy. It also links together documents where it is appropriate, such as when one document refers to or supersedes an earlier one.
- Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough collegiate research—all from one resource.
Funded by the New York State Library NOVEL program.
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- Content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere includes discourse and scholarship in the arts, humanities, economics, politics, mathematics and sciences. Nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals.
- This curated selection of primary sources is designed for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars and advisors, its easily discoverable materials are ideal for assignments and special projects focused on U.S. Black history.
Local History Resources
- Local history resources at the Moffat Library of Washingtonville
- Moffat Library of Washingtonville on HistoryPinAn interactive map of historic sites using images from the Moffat Library of Washingtonville's Local History Collection.