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African American History

African American History Subject Guide

Books:

Africana:  the encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience

African-American atlas:  Black history and culture – an illustrated reference

Contemporary Black biography

Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history

Encyclopedia of African American politics

Slavery in America:  from Colonial Times to the Civil War

Databases:

African-American History Online
Browse timelines and events, and view images and video.

Black Freedom Struggle
Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. Covers six time periods between 1790 and 2000.

Websites:

The African-American Mosaic Exhibition (Library of Congress)
From the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, this site contains materials on African American colonization, abolition, migration, and participation in the Work Projects Administration (WPA).

African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
Explores African American’s quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century.

Dred Scott Case Collection
A collection of digitized documents from the landmark law suit filed by Dred Scott and his wife Harriet in 1846 that ended with the Supreme Court decision declaring the Scott’s remain slaves.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
This site has over a hundred items documenting legal cases about the experiences of African and African American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.