African American History
- U.S. Census Bureau
- American Factfinder
Provides statistics from the Census Bureau. In the left navigation bar, select People | Race and Ethnicity to find statistics on the African American population in the United States.
- The Black Population in the U.S.
Contains data tables and reports covering topics such as geographic distribution, marital status, educational attainment, family and household type, labor force status, occupational distribution, earnings, family income, and poverty status.
- African American Data Links
Contains links to sources of information on characteristics such as age, education, occupation, voting, and employment.
- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870 (Library of Congress)
Allows you to browse or search in a collection of maps from the American Colonization Society (ACS), organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa.
- National Archives
- We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Examines the historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Includes overview, maps, and background information for each site. This was a partnership project produced by Department of Interior, National Park Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
Law and the Courts
- Slaves and the Courts,1740-1860 (Library of Congress)
contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.
Literature Sources from the Library of Congress
- Frederick Douglass Papers (Library of Congress)
Displays a digital collection of the papers written by and to Frederick Douglas at the Library of Congress.
- Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress
is a collection of ten plays that were deposited at the Library of Congress, most of which remained unpublished and unproduced until their discovery in 1997.
- Aboard the Underground Railroad (National Park Service)
Includes a virtual tour of 21 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Library of Congress
- African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920
"This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes."
- African-American Odyssey (Library of Congress)
"Library of Congress exhibition, The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the Library's incomparable African American collections."
- African American Mosaic (Library of Congress)
A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of Black history and culture.
- African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909
Library of Congress exhibit of pamphlets"by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics."
- African-American Perspectives
A collection of pamphlets from the collections of the Library of Congress which documents African American history and culture.
- African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
Draws on sheet music from " the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period."
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1938
contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.
- Carl Van Vechten Photograph Collection
"at the Library of Congress consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance."
- The Church in the Southern Black Community
this compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life.
- Integrating Ole Miss In the fall of 1962 the college town of Oxford, Mississippi, erupted in violence. At the center of the controversy stood James Meredith, an African American who was attempting to register at the all-white University of Mississippi, known as "Ole Miss."
Slave Narratives from the Library of Congress
- First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
this exhibit contains diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives.
- Voices from the Days of Slavery
this audio collection contains interviews with twenty-three people discussing how " they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom."
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project (Stanford University)
Includes a biography of Dr. King, a searchable bibliography of writings about him, a chronology, and a large collection of his personal papers online.
- Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia Library)
Provides detailed census data by state and county. Includes total, white, free African American, and slave populations, churches, education and literacy, vital statistics, and economic data.
- Census Schedules and Black Genealogical Research: One Family's Experience
(University of Colorado at Boulder)
Provides an example of census schedule research.
- Africans in America (PBS)
Includes biographies, primary source materials, interviews, and a teacher's guide. This is an online companion to the PBS television series.
- Avalon Project (Yale Law School)
Includes digitized versions of significant historic texts from 17th-20th centuries. Nineteenth century materials include U.S. statutes on fugitive slaves and slavery.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Systems (CWSSS) (PBS)
When completed, the CWSSS will include brief entries for all service personnel, North and South, who served in the Civil War. Search by Soldiers, Sailors, Regiments, Prisoners, Cemeteries, Battlefields, and Medals of Honor. The CWSSS site was launched with the U.S. Colored Troops database, but has expanded to include information on other regiments. In addition, the site provides brief battle summaries by state or campaign, prison records for Andersonville and Fort McHenry, cemetery records for Poplar Grove National Cemetery (Petersburg NB).
- Freedmen and Southern Society Project (University of Maryland)
Contains excerpts from a multi-volume work that includes transcriptions of materials from the National Archives. "The Freedmen and Southern Society Project was established in 1976 to capture the essence of that revolution by depicting the drama of emancipation in the words of the participants: liberated slaves and defeated slave holders, soldiers and civilians, common folk and the elite, Northerners and Southerners."
- Freedmen's Bureau Online
Includes transcriptions of "Marriage records, assaults and murders of Freedmen, work contracts, indentures of orphaned Freedmen, reports of conditions in the south following the end of the civil war."
- African American Newspapers and Periodicals (Wisconsin Historical Society)
"the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. The Journal was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829."
- Roster of U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1865 CU
this CD-ROM lists the names, rank and division of the African-American Troops who served during the U.S. Civil War. This resource is only available at computers in the Government Information Library.
- University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service
scanned and searchable versions of publications with imprints from 1850-1988 that document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction with imprints between 1850 and 1877. Many of the materials deal with slavery and the abolition movement.
- Valley of the Shadow
an archive of information which documents two communities during the American Civil War. This site includes transcriptions of newspaper articles, diaries, church, military, and public records. Also includes maps and images. The communities are Franklin County, Pennsylvania and Augusta County, Virginia---separated by the Mason-Dixon Line. Joint project of the University of Virginia and the Virginia Center for Digital History.
- Museum of African American History
Features a number of online exhibits on the Million Man march, Scottsboro Boys, Black Panther Party, African American participation in World War II, Tuskegee Airmen, and other topics.
American Women: Online Archival Collections (Duke University Library)
Includes scanned image and text versions of slave letters and a memoir of the child of slaves.
- American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology (University of Virginia)
A University of Virginia project that uses WPA (Works Progress Administration) material.
- Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina)
Includes slave narratives, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies and other primary historical material.
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Numerous sources of information on African American history are available in the collection.
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