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Multiple collections of digitized primary sources related to southern history, literature, and culture. Some collections offer plain-text downloads in their entirety: The Church in the Southern Black Community, First-Person Narratives of the American South, Library of Southern Literature, North American Slave Narratives.
Nearly 14 million books from the HathiTrust Library are currently available for analysis, offering various levels of immediate access. Check the HTRC tab on this guide for more information to help you get started.
Project Gutenberg hosts over 50k ebooks, most of which are older books in the public domain. If you want to download more than about 100 books/day, use one of the mirror sites listed from the link above.