For national background, it would be useful to look at statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau has a ton of statistical information, as does the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. You can also search Cuesta Library Search, which gives you access to newspaper articles, or look for credible sources on the Internet.
The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. has been published annually since 1878. It includes statistics on the social, economic, and political organization of the U.S.
The two ways to access the Cuesta Library Search and other Library resources are from the Library home page or the Library channel in myCuesta. Once you log into myCuesta, choose the Resources tab to get to the Library channel.
Cuesta Library Search makes it easy to find books, journal and magazine articles, eBooks, videos and streaming media from a single search box, with one list of results and options for refining them.
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For any entry that says Print book
For any entry that says Article