Military

1940s

Overview The 1940s witnessed the worst military conflict in world history.  Out of more than 70 million combatants from 70 different countries, the editors at Digital History estimate about 17 million dead, including about 400,000 American military personnel out of…

1910s

The first decades of the twentieth century witnessed many sometimes-wrenching changes, and perhaps no decade was more profoundly revolutionary for the United States and the world than the 1910s.  During this decade, American women finally gained the right to vote and…

1860s

Overview When Booker T. Washington recalled the outbreak of the Civil War, he claimed that “every slave on our plantation felt and knew that, though other issues were discussed, the primal one was that of slavery.”  Washington’s memory of life as young slave…

COLLECTION –Their Own Words

The Dickinson Library has digitized over 34,000 pages of text (both published and unpublished) that were written by Dickinsonians from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries.  The wide-ranging collection covers numerous topics, but the collection is especially strong for the following figures:…

VIDEO –Confederate Family

The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania holds a series of remarkable wartime letters from a Texas farmer who served in the Confederate army.  William Elisha Stoker described life in the army and openly expressed his concerns about the…

VIDEO –Civil War Documentaries

In 2011, Dickinson students and staff at the House Divided Project produced two documentary short films to help commemorate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  “From Carlisle to Andersonville” by John Osborne and Don Sailer offered the…