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Diverse content uncovers new avenues of exploration into the Progressive Era, an exhilarating period of social change at the turn of the 20th century.

From the 1890s to the 1930s, a widespread movement resulted from modernization and industrialization — including workers’ rights, business and government corruption, women’s suffrage, race relations and more.

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La Follette essay

The Impact and Legacy of Progressive Leader Robert M. La Follette

Nancy C. Unger, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Santa Clara University, explores the life of progressive leader Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette and the digitization in History Vault of the Robert M. La Follette Papers held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Key Resources

History Vault

History Vault

Explore two new resources: Robert M. La Follette Papers, Progressive Era: Reform, Regulation, and Rights; World War I: British Foreign Office Political Correspondence

Periodicals Archive Online

Periodicals Archive Online

A rich digital archive of leading international journals in the humanities and social sciences, from 1802 to 2005, across 37 diciplines from over 30 countries.

British Periodicals

British Periodicals

Full-run coverage for popular periodicals that began with American Periodicals Series Online, offering nearly 500 searchable publications from the 17th-20th century.


Gilded Age

The Gilded Age

Immigration, industry, civil, women and labor rights, are just a few of the issues that came to the fore during the Gilded Age that preceeded the Progressive Era.

Women and Social Movements Library

New: Women and Social Movements Library

Nearly 400,000 pages of primary source documents and more than 200 related scholarly essays on women's public activism globally, from 1600 to the present. 

Literature Online Premium

Literature Online Premium

An award-winning and ever-growing resource for all aspects of literary research and teaching, with works dating back to the late 13th century. New collections include the Black Writing and World Literature Collections.


African Diaspora

African Diaspora 1860-Present

100,000 pages of international primary and secondary source documents, and 50 hours of video, curated for the Black Studies, African American History, and World History scholar.

Revolution and Protest

Revolution and Protest Online

Examine how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped and transformed the human experience globally from the 18th to the 21st century.

Trench Journals

Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War

An unparalleled collection of rare primary sources, written and illustrated by and for the troops.


Country Life

Country Life Archive

The weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine (1897-2005) chronicals affairs of interest to the UK's upper classes.

Vogue Archive

The Vogue Archive and The Vogue Italia Archive

The fully indexed, complete run of U.S. Vogue, from 1892 to the present, and the full run of Vogue Italia, from its launch in 1964 to present -- for fresearch in women's studies as well as American and itnernational popular culture.

Harper's Bazaar

The Harper's Bazaar Archive

America's first fashion magazine and digitally available in its entirety for the first time, this corpora of primary source material supports studies of body image, gender studies, marketing to women, and more.


Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspapers

Primary source material essential to the study of black history, women's history, politics, the arts, and more -- spanning centuries and continents.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

The largest contiunuously updated database of electronic theses and dissertations available worldwide, including 4 million works from more than 3,000 universities.



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