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Readex Releases The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction

New online resource helps illuminate this tumultuous time through American newspapers, government documents, colorful song sheets and more

December 8, 2008 (NAPLES, FL)— Readex, a division of NewsBank, announced today the release of The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction. Drawn from the acclaimed Archive of Americana, this unique digital resource includes historical American newspapers, government documents, broadsides and other rare printed materials from the Civil War period.

“Together, the wealth of sources in The Civil War can help illuminate one of the most complex eras in American history for students, scholars and others,” states Brett Kolcun, Readex Product Director. “These diverse materials were carefully selected from three Archive of Americana collections: America's Historical Newspapers, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American Broadsides and Ephemera.”

The Civil War includes more than 150 newspapers published in towns and cities of all sizes throughout the United States, including such historically significant titles as the Baltimore Sun, Charleston Mercury, Dallas Weekly Herald, Milwaukee Sentinel, National Intelligencer, New Orleans Picayune, New York Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and San Francisco Bulletin. Providing strong coverage of Civil War-era politics and society, these fully searchable newspapers contain front-line military reporting by some of the best journalists of the 19th century, wide-ranging editorial views, local and national news articles, advertisements and more.

For official perspectives, The Civil War provides more than 50,000 documents published by the U.S. government, including “The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies,” “Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion” and the “Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America.”

The Civil War
also offers revealing glimpses into 19th-century American culture—including the struggles of soldiers and the families they left behind—through seldom seen song sheets and thousands of other scarce materials printed between 1840 and 1877.

“By bringing together newspapers, government publications and ephemeral documents, many of which are richly illustrated, The Civil War offers fresh opportunities to explore the day-to-day lives and defining moments of a time that profoundly shaped our nation,” adds Kolcun.

About Readex, a division of NewsBank
For more than 50 years, the Readex name has been synonymous with research in historical materials and government documents. Recognized by librarians, students and scholars for its efforts to transform academic scholarship, Readex offers a wealth of Web-based collections in the humanities and social sciences, including the Archive of Americana and the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports.

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For more information, contact Readex Marketing Director David Loiterstein by calling 1.203.421.0152 or emailing

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