POTENTIAL SOURCES FOR STUDENT TERM PAPERS, GROUPED BY TOPIC
AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY BEFORE 1900
Last revised 17 January 2012.

This list gives several possible sources for your term papers.  It is by no means comprehensive and could use updating, but if you're doing one of the topics listed below, it should help. There are, of course, many more acceptable topics and sources besides the ones listed below.

Caveat:  I typically ask for a recenteconomic history source, defining "recent" as "last 15 years," and many of these sources are older than that.  They will still be good as background sources.  In rare cases when there simply hasn't been major scholarly work on a particular topic in the past 15 years, an older source may be acceptable (best to ask in advance, though).

General piece of advice:  Make ample use of the course reading materials, including your textbooks and the course reading packet.  While textbooks should not be your main sources for the term paper, you certainly should try to get whatever information you can from the course materials.

African Americans' economic gains, 1865-1900

American Revolution, economic causes of

Indentured servitude Native American economic history Railroads and the American economy Slavery's productivity, compared with non-slave agriculture / Slavery's profitability Slavery and Southern economic development / Slavery's macroeconomic impact Slavery as the main cause of the Civil War Slavery in colonial America Women's labor force participation in the 1800s