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NewsBank Retrospective

Modern history in the words of those who experienced it
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NewsBank Retrospective is a Web-based information resource ideally suited for researching major issues and events in modern American history. With a simple search, students and teachers can access original newspaper articles covering specific topics in the late 20th century. The articles are often written by staff closest to the source of the topic or even by individuals who experienced the issue or event firsthand. Beyond milestone political, cultural and other events, these unfiltered and unabridged accounts enable users to gain a deeper understanding of the United States' recent social history. Thus, this primary source information provides multiple, significant perspectives, enabling researchers to gain outstanding insight and background information on both historical topics and today’s issues and events. NewsBank Retrospective literally brings history alive through the voices of individuals who experience history as it was made.

Local, regional and national perspectives
The often exclusive articles in NewsBank Retrospective come from several hundred newspapers published across the United States. Each provides in-depth local, regional or national coverage of social, political, economic, environmental, international, health and science issues and events from contemporary American history, including many firsthand reports. NewsBank Retrospective enables researchers to easily zero in on the source closest to an issue or event and then compare coverage and the unique perspectives provided by other local newspapers or those across the state, region or the entire nation. Some of the many topics covered in great detail by NewsBank Retrospective include:

    • The Cold War
    • The Vietnam War
    • The Presidential Administrations of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush
    • Watergate
    • Civil rights, feminism and more
    • Reaganomics
    • The fall of the Berlin Wall
    • Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait
    • Dissolution of the Soviet Union
For more information, contact a NewsBank representative by calling us collect at 802.875.2910 or emailing

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