Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961

Sources from The National Archives, UK

Explore documents covering a broad sweep of history from c1824-1961, taking in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.

This collection consists of the Confidential Print for the United States, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean, with some coverage of Central and South America, and covers such topics as slavery, Prohibition, the First and Second World Wars, racial segregation, territorial disputes, the League of Nations, McCarthyism and the nuclear bomb. The bulk of the material covers the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century.

Confidential Print documents on North America reveal information about vast frontiers of social and cultural history, including controversies surrounding slavery, the treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada, uprisings against colonial rule in Jamaica, anti-Asian agitation in the media, clamour for economic protectionism, labour unrest in the United States, Nazi and far-right activities in Latin America, and anti-communist fervor in the early Cold War.
Abi Husainy, The National Archives, UK

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Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1824-1961


  • The birth of the railways and industry, the Hudson‚Äôs Bay Company, trade, economy and agriculture, sheries and shipping
  • Native Americans, border disputes, slavery and apprenticeship, the Morant Bay rebellion
  • Prohibition, the Ku Klux Klan, Nazi activities in Chile, McCarthyism
  • The League of Nations, US financial position, Lend-Lease, Pearl Harbor and the entrance of the USA into the World War II
  • Spheres of influence in Latin America, nuclear policy and US-Canadian relationships

Source Archive

  • The National Archives, UK

Material Types

  • Reports 
  • Dispatches 
  • Descriptions of leading political personalities 
  • Weekly political summaries 
  • Monthly economic reports

Editorial Board

  • Peter Catterall, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Niall Ferguson, Harvard University
  • Greg Grandin, NYU
  • Abi Husainy, The National Archives, Kew
  • Howard Malchow, Tufts University
  • Bill Noblett, Cambridge University Library
  • Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.


  • The Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
  • The Hudson Bay Company
  • Industrial Development
  • Lend-lease
  • McCarthyism
  • Prohibition
  • Racial desegregation
  • Trade, Economy and Agriculture
  • The USA and World War II
  • US policy towards China

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