History Month Resources
First be sure and check online databases such as SIRS,Gale Virtual Library, World
Book and Britannica. These four sources have excellent materials covering
African American History.
The African American Almanac http://www.toptags.com/aama
information from the start of slavery through the civil Rights Movement up to the present.
voices http://www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices/ Site maintained by the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Examines the influence of Africa’s people and
American Mosaic http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/African/intro.html Exhibit and resources guide that to materials
available at the Library of Congress. Includes both images and texts.
Urban League http://www.nul.org/index.html
Africans in America http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/home.html PBS overview of African American history
which includes excerpts from many primary sources.
American History Through the Arts Project http://cghs.dade.k12.fl.us/african-american
American Literature Links http://curry.edschool.Viriginia.EDU/go/multicultural/sites/aframdocs.html
texts of many works of African American authors.
Month (InfoPlease) http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhml.html
A wonderful site with many, many additional links to African American
CNN:Black History Month 1999 http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/blackhistory
Channel: Celebrate Black History http://historychannel.com/exhibits/blacklist
Internet African American Black History Challenge http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory.
Civil Rights Museum http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org
Celebrating Black History
AFRICAN AMERICAN PRIMARY SOURCES
African American History http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis
American Writers: On-line E-Texts http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/afroonline.htm
Africans in America (PBS) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia
American Women Writers of the 19th Century http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/toc.html
Black Renaissance in Washington, D. C. http://www.dc.library.org/blkren
Douglas Papers http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml.doughome.html
Pioneering Cartoonists of Color http://www.clstoons.com/paoc/paocopen.htm
American Art and Design: Smithsonian Institute http://www.si.edu/art_and_design/african_american
Art of the
Harlem Renaissance http://www.iniva.org/harlem/index2.html
African Americans from the 19th Century http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/images_aa19
CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY
Slave Narratives (UVA) http://xroads.viriginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/wpahome.html
Slavery: Slave Narratives from the
Federal Writer’s Project, 1936-1938
to Freedom: The African-American
Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909
History and Genealogy http://www.ibiblio.org/laslave
documents over 100,000 slaves in Louisiana during the
18th and 19th century.
slave names, genders, ages, occupations, places of origin, prices that were
paid for slaves, et.
Slave Trade and Slave Life in America: A Visual Record
images that depict slavery and the slave trade, including maps, illustrations
History with Amistad http://www.undergroundrailroad.org. Type in Amistad
the Amistad Trials
Amistad Trials—includes newspaper accounts: biographies of trial participants, trial
records; supreme court arguments and decisions,
letters and diary entries.
at HarpWeek.com http://blackhistory.harpweek.com
images of selected Harper’s Weekly
articles on African Americans published between 1857-1878.
Slavery: Slave Narratives from the
Federal Writers’ Project 1936-1938
This is the
American Memory collection of more than 2,300 first person accounts of slavery
plus 500 photographs. Also you can
listen to interviews of 23 former slaves in the American Memory Collection,
voices from the Days of Slavery: Former
Slaves Tell Their Stories.
Death or Liberty Exhibition http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whoweare/exhibits/DeathLiberty/index.htm
the Library of Virginia covering Nat Turner’s Rebellion of 1831 and the Harpers
Ferry raid of 1859. Includes a selection of transcribed and digitalized documents.
the Underground Railroad www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/slvtrade.htm
Geographic Presents Underground railroad—an interactive journey
What was the
Underground Railroad? http://education.ucdavis.edu/NEW/STC/lesson/socstud/railroad/whatis.htm
Railroad in Franklin country http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vshadow2/UGRR/underground.html
Railroad in Rochester New York http://www.history.rochester.edu/class/ugrr/home.html
Railroad—Routes to Freedom
The Dred Scott Case http://library.wustl.edu/vlib/dredscott This is a
collection of St. Louis Court recoreds that document the Scotts’ early struggle to gain
their freedom through legal litigation.
This is a project by the Wisconsin Historical Society to digitize all 103
issues of the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in
the United States (1827-1829).
Samuel J. May
This is a
digitalized collection of thousands of anti-slavery and abolitionist material
from Cornell University.
Slavery in New York http://www.slaveryinnewyork.org/index.html
the NY Historical Society includes narratives and images.
the Courts http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml This collection contains over a hundred pamphlets
and books which were published between 1772 and 1889 which concerned the
difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in
the American colonies and the United States.
Slavery in New Nation (10 1819) http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994ch5_p2.htm
Africans in America (1791-1831) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/narrative.html
Africans in America (1831-1865) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/narrative.html
Slavery Chronology (1790-1829) http://innercity.org/holt/chron_1790-1829.html
Slavery Chronology (1830-end) http://innercity.org/holt/chron_1830_end.html
Train to Freedom http://www.nps.gov/undergroundrr/contents.htm
discussion of the Underground Railroad
Board of Education Digital Archive http://www.lib.umich.edu/exhibits/brownarchive/index.html This site contains
documents and images which chronicle events surrounding this case.
Documentation Project http://www.congresslink.org/civilrights/index.htm
civil rights legislation from 1963-1965—has many primary sources and a good
Special Collection http://www.teachersdomain.org/exhibits/civil/index.html
Collection of primary sources, media, interviews and lesson plans.
Jim Crow http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/home.htm
This is the
teacher’s companion site to the PBS documentary, “The Rise and Fall of Jim
Crow”.(Which the library owns). The site includes photographs, personal
narratives, essays and lesson plans.
(Mississippi Burning) Investigation http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/miburn.htm
contains 948 pages of FBI documents concerning the murder of 3 civil rights
workers in Milburn Mississippi in
Days: The Civil Rights Photography of
This is an
exhibition of Charles Moore’s civil rights movement photographs.
Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil
Place: An African-American Community in
the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA. http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/index.html
This is an
archive about the racial segregation laws or what is better known as the ‘Jim
Crow” laws. Includes
newspaper articles and photographs.
Rights and Labor History Project http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/
contains stream-video oral histories, hundreds of rare photographs, documents,
movement histories and personal biographies.
Trials of the
Scottsboro Boys http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scottsboro/scottsb.htm
documenting the 1930’s trials of the Scottsboro boys including excerpts from
court documents, contemporary newspaper accounts, letters, photographs and
biographies. This site is part of the
Famous trial site.
http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org/index.html This is a large collection of “thousands of
personal stories, oral histories, and personal artifacts of the Civil Rights
Movement” collected by the Library of Congress.
ACTS OF CONGRESS
prohibiting Slave Trade From US to Foreign Lands (1794) http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/statutes/slavery/sl001.htm
Act for the
Gradual Abolition of Slavery (1790)—Pennsylvania http://elsinore.cis.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/states/statutes/pennst01.htm
Act 1866 http://www.toptags.com/aama/docs/crts1866.htm
1850 & Fugitive Slave Act http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2951.html
Africans in America http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h1549t.html
Congress’ Emancipation Proclamation Site
Proclamation: NARA Exhibit http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/index.html
Act 1854 http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/kansas.htm
the Missouri Compromise (1820) http://www.toptags.com/aama/events/mcomp.htm
in Texas—An Overview
of Mississippi (1865) http://www.toptags.com/aama/docs/bcodes.htm
Jim Crow http://www.jimcrowhistory.org
Plessy V. Ferguson http://findlaw.com Click on Search Cases and Codes.
Enter Search term--Plessy v Ferguson
Introduction to the Court Opinion on Plessy V. Ferguson
Integration—Introduction http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/school-integration/index.html (Be sure and view table of contents).
Wallace & Segregation http://www.cnn.com/US/9809/14/wallace.obit/wallace.bio.html
Little Rock Nine
Central High 40th
This site has
photos and stories surrounding the Little Rock Nine. These were nine African-American students who
participated in desegregation during the late 1950’s.
Brown v Board
of Education (1951-1954)
http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/early-civilrights/brown.html A large site with many links.
Board of Education: An Overview http://www.pbs.org/jefferson/enlight/brown.htm
Segregation in the U.S. Public Schools http://www.ncs.pvt.k12.va.us/ryerbury/govweb2/govweb2.htm
SITES ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY OR
Roots http://www.yale.edu/glc/tangledroots/ This project is
produced by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the
Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.
It is a collection of primary documents from the 17th century
to the present about how African Americans and Irish Americans share
history. The center’s archive also has
more than 200 digitized items which deal with African American history.
African-American Migration Experience http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm?bhcp=1 This site was
created by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research
in Black culture. It makes available to
the public more than 16,500 pages of essays, books, articles, and manuscripts,
8,300 illustrations, 100 lesson plans and 60 maps that will help users
understand the peoples, places and the events that have shaped African
America’s migration traditions of the past four hundred years.
The Church in
the Southern Black Community
Collection of publications beginning with the Revolutionary period and
ending in the early 20th century.
to Freedom: The African-American
Pamphlet Collection 1824-1909
This is a
collection of 397 pamphlets published from 1824 through 1909 by African
American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization,
Emancipation, Reconstruction and related topics. Part of American memory.
This is the
Daniel a. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection which presents a review of
African-American history and culture from the early 19th century
through the early 20th century.
This is also a part of American memory.
of America http://www.blackarchives.org/
drawn from Black Archives of Mid-America collections. Materials selected include photographs,
manuscripts, local written histories, African American newspapers, and
pamphlets. Focus is on African Americans
History presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia about the
history of one of the world’s most famous and influential neighborhoods.
Civil rights http://afroamhistory.about.com/cs/civilrights
Text Archive http://historicaltextarchive.com/
60s: The Civil Rights Movement http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/sixties/civil.html
This site has
the full text of speeches that supported the civil rights movement from 1849 to
Angelou: Brief Overview http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php?actionviewone
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml/ The first release of this Library of
Congress collection contains over 2000 items and “contains the writings of
Douglass and such contemporaries in the abolitionist and early women’s rights
movements as Henry Ward Beecher, Ida B. Wells, Gerrit
Smith, Horace Greeley, and others. Part
of American Memory
Speech by Carmichael http://courses.washington.edu/spcmu/carmichael
Douglas—Abolitionist/Editor: A Biography
Covers Douglass’ years as a slave, his beginnings as an abolitionist, Rochester years, Civil
War years, Life after the 13th amendment.
Line—Frederick Douglas http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/subjects/African-American.html
This is part of
a collection of several of Frederick Douglas’ works.
Medgar Evers-Life Overview (The African American Journey)
The Faces of
Science: African Americans in the Sciences https://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/faces.html An extensive collection of biographies of
African American scientists. There is
usually a photograph.
& UNIA Papers Project http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/mgpp/
“Born in the
Wake of Freedom” John
Mitchell, Jr. and the Richmond Planet. http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whoweare/exhibits/mitchell/index.htm This is the history of the oldest African
American newspaper and it’s most famous editor.
This exhibit was created by the Virginia Newspaper Project.
Farmer: Oral Histories http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whoweare/exhibits/mitchell/index.htm
of the Hall http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php?actionviewon
Jackson—An interview with Andrew Young
X: A Research Site http://www.brothermalcolm.net/mxcontent.html
This site is
designed to be a resource for scholarship.
Includes an extensive chronology and some audio clips.
King Jr. project http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/
Sponsored by Stanford University and the MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Includes a brief, selected documents, and a
searchable database of transcriptions of MLK papers and secondary works.
of Black History http://www.freepress.org/fleming/fleming.html
Thomas C. Fleming, black journalist and co-founder of the Sun-Reporter,--covers
most of the 20th century.
Washington Papers http://www.historycooperative.org/btw/index.html
completely free and searchable web site designed to provide researchers
worldwide with full access to the thousands of pages comprising this 14 volume
printed work, originally published by the University of Illinois
Thurgood Marshall http://members.aol.com/klove01/marshall.htm
Powell: Bush’s Trump Card (2000) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1073212.stm
on the Gulf War http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gulf/oral/powerll/1.html
Parks Portal http://www.e-portals.org/Parks/
site with various links to resources
(Time Magazine) http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/parks01.html
Soldiers Without Swords http://www.pbs.org/blackpress/film Tells the story of the pioneering men who
helped give the Black American a voice in the press.
Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil
Rights Advocate http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/jackie-robinson/
MARTIN LUTHER KING
MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY BY
INVESTIGATING SOME OF THESE INTERNET SITES
http://www.lib/su.edu/hum/mlk/srs218.html Martin Luther King, Jr. The Man
This is a biographical sketch.
http://www.lib/su.edu/hum/mlk.srs216.html Timeline of Events in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mlk/ Martin Luther King Holiday Page
This Web page has information about
celebrating Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday.
http://www.mlkday.org Martin Luther King Day of Service
thousands of people who are celebrating Dr. King’s Birthday by serving their
http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup Man of the Year (Time Magazine)
on left hand side to Past Covers. Enter
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
http://www.fno.org/poetry/standing.html Standing Tall
This is a poem written by Jamieson
McKenzie in the online magazine “From Now On.”
http://www.nps.gov/malu Birthplace, National Historic Site
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mlk History of the National Martin Luther King,
Presented by the Seattle Times company
http://www.holidays.net/mlk Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Have a Dream ….” Speech.
http://nobelprizes.com/nobel/peace/1964a.html Nobel Prize Information File on Dr. King
Martin Luther King, Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
http://www.mlkmemorial.org Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
http://www.stanford.edu/group/King The Martin Luther King Jr.
Research and Education Institute.
Be sure and click on Liberation Curriculum, classroom resources, King
A great site!
http://thekingcenter.org The King Center
Center was established in 1968 by Coretta
Scott King as the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the
legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.pocanticohills.org/taverna/98/king.htm Dr. Martin Luther King
site prepared by
elementary school—has some fun games, timeline and basic information.
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/hum/mlk Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History
Reference Sources from Louisiana State University Libraries
http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/king.html Time Magazine
explores the way in which King helped shape the political and social fabric of
http://www.gale.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/king_m.htm Gale’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Free
Martin Luther King, Jr. during the decade from 1957 to 1968.
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/mlking.htm A Tribute to Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/king_martin_luther.shtml Martin Luther King, Jr.
A short biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/K/htmlK/kingmartin/kingmartin.htm The Martin Luther King
Assassination. Records the events
of what happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee.
http://www.king-raleigh.org King Celebration 2007.
http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/search/search.php?searchtext=martin%20luther%20king&refinetext=& Martin Luther King,
Jr.—History Channel. Several articles and interactive features.
http://www.britannica.com/nobel/micro/321_84.html Martin Luther King, Jr.
of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/treatise/king/mlk01.htm Avalon Project: I have a Dream by Martin Luther King,
Jr. August 28, 1963.
http://www.42explore2.com/king.htm Martin Luther King Jr. A directory of links
relating to him.
Library Books and Videos/DVDs
323.092 KIN Carson,
of Martin Luther King, Jr.
323.4 KIN King, Martin & Co The Words of
Martin Luther King, Jr.
973.93 BRA Branch, Taylor Parting the Waters: America in the King
BIO KIN Rhodes, L. Coretta
BIO KIN Jakoubek, R. Martin Luther King, Jr.
BIO KIN King, Coretta S. My Life with Martin
Luther King, Jr.
BIO KIN Lewis, David King: A Critical Biography
BIO KIN Miller, William Martin
Luther King, Jr.: His Life, Martyrdom,
and Meaning for
BIO KIN Oates, Stephen Let
the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin
Luther King, Jr.
VHS 323 KIN King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech.
VHS 323 MAR Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream
VHS 347.1 ROA The
Road to Brown: Events Leading up to the
1954 Brown vs. Board of Ed:
VHS 815 MAR Martin Luther King,
VHS BIO KIN Martin, the
VHS BIO KIN Martin
Luther King, Jr.