Black History Month Resources
First be sure and check online databases such as Gale Virtual Library, NOVELny, World Book and Britannica. These sources have excellent materials covering African American History.
African voices http://www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices/ Site maintained by the
The African American Mosaic http://www.loc.gov Type in African American in Search box.
Exhibit and resources guide that to materials available at the Library of Congress. Includes both images and texts.
National Urban League http://www.nul.org/index.html
African American History Through the Arts Project http://cghs.dade.k12.fl.us/african-american
Black History Hotlist http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/bh_hotlist.html
A wonderful site with many, many additional links to African American History Sites.
CNN:Black History Month 1999 http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/blackhistory
Internet African American Black History Challenge http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory.
National Civil Rights Museum http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org
AFRICAN AMERICAN PRIMARY SOURCES
Gateway to African American History http://amlife.america.gov/amlife/diversity/index.html
African American Writers: On-line E-Texts http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/afroonline.htm
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/toc.html
Salute to Pioneering Cartoonists of Color http://www.clstoons.com/paoc/paocopen.htm
Art of the Harlem Renaissance http://www.iniva.org/harlem/index2.html
Images of African Americans from the 19th Century http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/images_aa19
CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY
Born In Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer’s Project, 1936-1938
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy http://www.ibiblio.org/laslave
This site documents over 100,000 slaves in
Includes slave names, genders, ages, occupations, places of origin, prices that were paid for slaves, et.
Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in
Hundreds of images that depict slavery and the slave trade, including maps, illustrations and photographs.
Through History with Amistad http://www.undergroundrailroad.org. Type in Amistad
Black History at HarpWeek.com http://blackhistory.harpweek.com
Full page images of selected Harper’s Weekly articles on African Americans published between 1857-1878.
Born in 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.
Exhibition at the Library of Virginia covering Nat Turner’s
Rebellion of 1831 and the
Prehistory of the Underground Railroad www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/slvtrade.htm
Underground Railroad http://www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad
National Geographic Presents Underground railroad—an interactive journey
What was the Underground Railroad? http://education.ucdavis.edu/NEW/STC/lesson/socstud/railroad/whatis.htm
Underground Railroad in
Underground Railroad in
Underground Railroad—Routes to Freedom http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad/map.html
The Dred Scott Case http://library.wustl.edu/vlib/dredscott This is a
Freedom’s Journal http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/aanp/freedom/ 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 Anti-Slavery Collection http://dlxs.library.cornell.edu/m/mayantislavery/
This is a digitalized collection of thousands of
anti-slavery and abolitionist material from
Exhibition by the NY Historical Society includes narratives and images.
Slaves and 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.
Extension of Slavery in New Nation (10 1819) http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994ch5_p2.htm
History of Africans in
History of Africans in
History of Slavery Chronology (1830-end) http://innercity.org/holt/chron_1830_end.html
Taking the Train to Freedom http://www.nps.gov/undergroundrr/contents.htm
Great discussion of the Underground Railroad
Brown v. 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.
Civil Rights Documentation Project http://www.congresslink.org/civilrights/index.htm
Emphasizes civil rights legislation from 1963-1965—has many primary sources and a good timeline.
Civil Rights Special Collection http://www.teachersdomain.org/exhibits/civil/index.html
Collection of primary sources, media, interviews and lesson plans.
History of 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.
Milburn (Mississippi Burning) Investigation http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/miburn.htm
This site contains 948 pages of FBI documents concerning the
murder of 3 civil rights workers in Milburn
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Race and Place: An
African-American Community in the Jim Crow South:
This is an archive about the racial segregation laws or what is better known as the ‘Jim Crow” laws. Includes newspaper articles and photographs.
Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/
This site 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
Site 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.
Voices of Civil Rights
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
Act 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)—
Compromise of 1850 & Fugitive Slave Act http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2951.html
Emancipation Proclamation (1863) Africans in
Library of Congress’ Emancipation Proclamation Site http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/index.html
Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854 http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/kansas.htm
History of Jim Crow http://www.jimcrowhistory.org
Plessy V. Ferguson http://findlaw.com Click on Search Cases and Codes.
Introduction to the Court Opinion on Plessy V. Ferguson
History of Integration—Introduction http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/school-integration/index.html (Be sure and view table of contents).
George Wallace & Segregation http://www.cnn.com/US/9809/14/wallace.obit/wallace.bio.html
Little Rock Central High 40th Anniversary http://www.centralhigh57.org
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.
Brown v. Board of Education: An Overview http://www.pbs.org/jefferson/enlight/brown.htm
Racial Segregation in the U.S. Public Schools http://www.ncs.pvt.k12.va.us/ryerbury/govweb2/govweb2.htm
SITES ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY OR WITH TIMELINES
Tangled Roots http://www.yale.edu/glc/tangledroots
This project is
produced by the
The African-American Migration Experience http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm?bhcp=1 This site was
created by the New York Public Library’s
The Church in the Southern Black Community http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/index.html
Collection of publications beginning with the Revolutionary period and ending in the early 20th century.
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection 1824-1909 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aapchtml/aapchome.html
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.
African-American Pamphlets http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/aap/aaphome.html
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.
Black Archives of
Images are 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
Harlem History http://www.columbia.edu/cu/iraas/harlem/index.html
“Harlem History presents a wealth of archival treasures and
About.com Civil rights http://afroamhistory.about.com/cs/civilrights
Historical Text Archive http://historicaltextarchive.com/
Psychedelic 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 the present.
Angelou: Brief Overview http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php?actionviewone
The Frederick Douglass Papers
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
Frederick Douglas—Abolitionist/Editor: A Biography
Covers Douglass’ years as a slave, his
beginnings as an abolitionist,
The Color 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.
Marcus Garvey & UNIA Papers Project http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/mgpp/
“Born in the Wake of Freedom” John Mitchell, Jr. and the
James Farmer: Oral Histories http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whoweare/exhibits/mitchell/index.htm
Biography-Women of the Hall http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php?actionviewon
Jesse Jackson—An interview with Andrew Young
Malcolm 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.
Martin Luther King Jr. project http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/
Reflections of Black History http://www.freepress.org/fleming/fleming.html
Memoir of Thomas C. Fleming, black journalist and co-founder of the Sun-Reporter,--covers most of the 20th century.
Booker T. Washington Papers http://www.historycooperative.org/btw/index.html
Is a 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
Colin Powell: Bush’s Trump Card (2000) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1073212.stm
Collin Powell on the Gulf War
The Rosa Parks Portal http://www.e-portals.org/Parks/
Comprehensive site with various links to resources
Rosa Parks (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.
Beyond the Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/jackie-robinson/