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Modern World History

Contributors: Allosso and Williford

Publisher: Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project

Welcome to Modern World History! This is the textbook for an undergraduate survey course taught at all the universities and most of the colleges in the Minnesota State system. Similar courses are taught at institutions around the United States and the world, so the authors have made the text available as an open educational resource that teachers and learners can read, adapt, and reuse to meet their needs. We’d like to hear from people who have found the text useful, and we’re always open to questions and suggestions.

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Read more about Oregon’s History: People of the Northwest in the Land of Eden

Oregon’s History: People of the Northwest in the Land of Eden

Contributors: Michaels and Hakanson

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

This “open textbook” is a social and cultural history of the people of Oregon representing powerful figures from the dominant Euro-American culture, the marginalized and oppressed, and social and political reformers who shaped the historical legacy of the state. It is a story of the diverse array of immigrants who helped build the state and strengthen it. The title is a recollection of the racial fantasies that European-American settlers created in their expansionist vision of the West and the state of Oregon. Initially the Oregon Territory was built on intolerance and racial exclusivity, but eventually Oregon embraces its diversity, but not without struggle and heartache. Our journey through the past starts with an essential question, “Who are the people of Oregon?”

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Read more about Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience

Contributors: Farrington, Powell, and Graham

Publisher: Encompass Digital Archive

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience gives instructors, students, and general readers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of African Americans’ cultural and political history, economic development, artistic expressiveness, and religious and philosophical worldviews in a critical framework. It offers sound interdisciplinary analysis of selected historical and contemporary issues surrounding the origins and manifestations of White supremacy in the United States. By placing race at the center of the work, the book offers significant lessons for understanding the institutional marginalization of Blacks in contemporary America and their historical resistance and perseverance.

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Read more about Guide to Ancient Roman art

Guide to Ancient Roman art

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for the Ancient Roman art.

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Read more about Guide to Ancient Greek Art

Guide to Ancient Greek Art

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Ancient Greek art.

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Read more about Guide to Ancient Etruscan Art

Guide to Ancient Etruscan Art

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for the Ancient Etruscan art.

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Read more about Guide to Ancient Aegean Art

Guide to Ancient Aegean Art

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for the Ancient Aegean, including Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean art.

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Read more about Guide to Ancient Egyptian Art

Guide to Ancient Egyptian Art

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Ancient Egyptian art.

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Guide to Ancient Near Eastern Art

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Sumerian, Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian / Ur III, Babylonian, Assyrian and Persian art.

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Read more about The American Yawp Vol. II: Since 1877

The American Yawp Vol. II: Since 1877

Contributors: Locke and Wright

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are increasingly turning toward active-learning exercises, scholars are fleeing traditional textbooks. Yet for those that still yearn for the safe tether of a synthetic text, as either narrative backbone or occasional reference material, The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms.

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