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A Guide to American History

This page brings together various information resources on the subject of American History.

Reference Works for Background Reading

American Masculinities: A historical encyclopedia - a first-of-its-kind reference, detailing developments in the growing field of men's studies. Key features include a reader's guide facilitates browsing by topic and easy access to information; extensive name, place, and concept index gives users an additional means of locating topics of interest; more than 250 entries, each with suggestions for further reading; cross references direct users to related information, and a comprehensive bibliography includes a list of sources organized by categories in the field. Topics covered include arts, literature, and popular culture; body, health, and sexuality; class, ethnic, racial, and religious identities; concepts and theories; family and fatherhood; general history; icons and symbols; leisure and work; movements and organizations; famous people, and political and social issues. eBook

International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities - composed of over 350 free-standing entries written from their individual perspectives by eminent scholars in their fields, this reference source offers a comprehensive guide to the current state of scholarship about men, masculinities, and gender around the world. The Encyclopedia's coverage is comprehensive across three dimensions: areas of personal and social life, academic disciplines, and cultural and historical contexts and formations. eBook

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society - covers the major theories, research, people, and issues in contemporary gender studies. This comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia is distinguished by a cross-national/cross-cultural perspective that provides comparative analyses of the life experiences of men and women around the world. eBook

Men and Masculinities: A social, cultural, and historical encyclopedia - a pioneering work summarizing the latest historical, biological, cross-cultural, psychological, and sociological research on the subject. It also looks at literature, art, and music from a gender perspective. The contributors are experts in their specialties. The coverage brings together for the first time considerable knowledge of men and manhood, focusing on such areas as sexual violence, intimacy, pornography, homophobia, sports, pro-feminist men, rituals, sexism, and many other important subjects. Features nearly 400 A–Z entries from aging and intimacy to puberty and Westerns; cross-references in each entry to other relevant entries; an impressive list of contributors including many of the world's premier scholars. (noncirculating, print reference at Brown School Library) print

Famous Individuals

Biography and Genealogy Master Index Indexes any print product that includes biographical information on individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. The total number of biographical sketches indexed by BGMI is now more than 16.9 million. digital

Major Subject Headings

African American men [a number of useful subheadings like "Psychology" and "Attitudes"]
Asian American Men [a very underrepresented area in WUSTL Libraries catalog, but it does exist as a subject heading]
Gender identity
Hispanic American men [includes relevant subheadings like "Psychology"]
Machismo -- United States.
Masculinity -- United States
["United States" can be substituted for regions like "Southern States" or state names]
Masculinity -- Political aspects -- United States
Masculinity (Psychology) -- United States 
Men -- United States 
Men, White -- United States --
[includes relevant subheadings like "Psychology" and "Attitudes"]
Middle class men -- United States -- [additional subheadings like "Attitudes," "Psychology," and History"]
Older men -- United States.  
Rich people -- United States
Upper class -- United States
Working class men-- United States 
[includes relevant subheadings like "Attitudes"]
Young men -- United States

Journals & Journal Articles Databases

Gender Studies Journals

Gender and History (spring 1989-present) - print v.2-19 (1990-2007)  electronic 1997 to present in Academic Search Complete, LGBTQ+ Source, and SocINDEX with Full Text, all EBSCO) - "the major international journal for research and writing on the history of femininity and masculinity and of gender relations. Spanning epochs and continents, Gender & History examines changing conceptions of gender, and maps the dialogue between femininities, masculinities and their historical contexts." - publisher's website

Gender Studies & Research (1/1/2009 - 1/31/2016 in
 Academic Search Complete, an EBSCO database) "an interdisciplinary scientific journal, critically analyzing the perspectives of today's sex and gender systems research, covering the humanities and social sciences, the arts and popular culture. Analyzing social, cultural and educational, historical and social issues from a gender perspective in order to dialogue between academic and interdisciplinary communication." - publisher's website. Published by the Lithuania Siauliai University Center for Gender Studies

Journal of Men's Studies 
(8/31/1992 - 10/31/2014 in GenderWatch, Social Science Database, and Sociology Database, all ProQuest; 1/1/2004 - 10/31/2016 in Academic Search Complete, LGBTQ+ Source, SocINDEX with Full Text, all EBSCO- "cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural character disseminates material by men’s studies scholars from various perspectives (political, social, cultural, and historical) as well as various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, literature, theology)" - publisher's website

Men and Masculinities (1999 to present in SAGE Complete A-Z List) - "peer-reviewed empirical and theoretical scholarship grounded in the most current theoretical perspectives within gender studies, including feminism, queer theory and multiculturalism." - publisher's website

Psychology of Men and Masculinity (print, 1998-2006; electronic, 2000-present in APA PsycARTICLES, EBSCO) - "is devoted to the dissemination of research, theory, and clinical scholarship that advances the psychology of men and masculinity. This discipline is defined broadly as the study of how boys' and men's psychology is influenced and shaped by both gender and sex, and encompasses the study of the social construction of gender, sex differences and similarities, and biological processes." - publisher's website Published by the American Psychological Association.

Primary Source Collections in Print

Library catalogers use the subheading "Sources" at the end of a string of subheadings to indicate anthologies of primary sources. However, cataloging is not a perfect science, so not every collection of primary sources has this subheading. For example, a search for the keyword phrase "documentary sourcebook" in the WU Libraries' catalog produces seven titles, only three of which have "sources" as a subheading. In other words, performing a subject search will not produce a complete list of all primary source collections. Sometimes the source one wants to find is not in an anthology but cited in a bibliography of another work. You might want to try an advanced search with a combination of subject headings and keywords like “sources,” "sourcebook," "primary sources," "primary documents," etc.  Other subheadings which indicate bound, primary source collections include personal narratives, correspondence, manuscripts, maps, literary collections, biography, et. al. 


Chronicling America - over 1000 full-text U.S. newspaper titles from 46 states & Puerto Rico (as of 8/30/18)

The subject headings of most U.S. newspapers take the form of "City (state abbreviation) -- newspapers" such as Saint Louis (Mo.) -- Newspapers. However, that's not always the case. For example, occasionally African American newspapers like the St. Louis Argus had been categorized as African Americans -- Missouri -- Newspapers and not under St. Louis (Mo.) -- Newspapers (that has since been corrected).

Primary Source Databases

A Few Standout Titles

Congdon, Brad, 1981- . Leading with the Chin: Writing American masculinities in Esquire, 1960-1989 (Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 2018).

Dean, Robert D., 1956- . Imperial Brotherhood: Gender and the making of Cold War foreign policy (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001) 
Stecopoulos, Harry and Uebel, Michael, eds. Race and the Subject of Masculinities (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997)
Graham, Lawrence. Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black upper class (NY: HarperCollins, 1999)
Herman, Andrew, 1957- . The "Better Angels" of Capitalism: Rhetoric, narrative, and moral identity among men of the American upper class (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999)
Neary, Timothy B., 1970- . Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, sports, and Catholic youth in Chicago, 1914-1954 (Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016)
Norwood, Stephen H. (Stephen Harlan), 1951- . Strikebreaking & Intimidation: Mercenaries and masculinity in twentieth-century America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002)
Paap, Kris, 1968- . Working Construction: Why white working-class men put themselves--and the labor movement--in harm's way (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006)