The critically acclaimed Essential Primary Sources series (10 volumes)


Lerner KL, Lerner BW, Lerner AW ed. The critically acclaimed Essential Primary Sources series (10 volumes). Thomson | Gale; 2006.
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Insights and primary source documents on leading issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.  “Well-written..."--CHOICE 

"For students doing in-depth research, this up-to-date set would be the one to use."--Reed/Elsevier


The Essential Primary Source (EPS) series primarily edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner is hailed by critics as as a well written, thoughtful, and cogent collection of topically- related primary source documents.  The primary sources selected provide historical context and insights into people, places, and issues still dominating news headlines. The series of 10 volumes includes:

Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources "packs an impressive selection of primary source material, both in terms of subject coverage and format.”  — Booklist, September 2006.  Read the Introduction

Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: Essential Primary Sources  ”a sweeping view of events over the last 200 years.” ©School Library Journal. “valuable and well organized” RUSQ, Spring, 2007. Read the Introduction

Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources "A remarkably varied set of sources.…both the women's and gay rights movements are well-covered .. the variety of topics and works that makes this collection most notable and interesting... a more layered study of gender and sexuality..." -- Eric W. Trekell, Director, LGBT Campus Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. more

Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources  "insight into emerging concepts of rights and a global perspective of successes and failures in civil rights movements." -- Book News (2007)" more

Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources is “…balanced, broad ranging, and very accessible.” Booklist, April 2007;  more

Immigration and Multiculturalism is " a valuable reference work for almost any library." --Choice, June 2007  more

Environmental Issues: "...thoughtful, and the analyses are cognet and well written." --ARBA, March 2007.  more

Other volumes in the EPS series include Crime and Punishment; Social Policy; and Family in Society

The EPS series is found in the libraries of leading research and teaching libraries, including Harvard University, MIT, Johns Hopkins,  U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown Law Library, GWU, Dalhousie,  University of Michigan, Emory, Vanderbilt University, University of Texas (Austin), U.S. Air Force Academy, and Stanford.

Last updated on 08/19/2022