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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online - "Until now, history researchers have had access to two main kinds of electronic resources. On the one hand are the newspapers, reporting condensed, third-person descriptions of selected events as they occur. On the other hand are the reference and journal databases, whose articles present retrospective interpretations. Alexander Street's social and cultural history projects offer something entirely new and critically important—personal, contemporaneous, and first-person accounts, history as experienced by the individuals who lived through and created it. These are primary documents in the truest sense. Previously unheard voices of ordinary people, regional and diverse, fill the collections alongside those of famous figures"

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