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African and African-American Studies

Databases

African Governments on the WWW
A compilation of official government Web sites for each country. (The page itself was last updated in 2002, but the linked pages are current.)

African-American Mosaic
Resource guide to the Library of Congress's African-American Collection. "Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound."

African-American Mosaic
Resource guide to the Library of Congress's African-American Collection. "Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound."

The African American Registry
“The African American Registry is the largest depository of Black American history on-line in the world. It is a calendar-based series of Black American accomplishments before the Mayflower to the present.”

African American World
Compilation of PBS sites related to African American history and culture.

African History
Compiled by Jim Jones of West Chester University; provides links to articles, timelines, and maps.

African Human Rights Resource Center (University of Minnesota)

African Postcolonial Literature in English
A project of the University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore

Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery
Africans in America is a “major collection of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries” based on the PBS series. The site offers perspectives on slavery through four major eras, ranging from 1470 to 1865.

Afrigeneas
A site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.

Afro-American Almanac
Small digital collection of biographies, folktales, books, documents, speeches, poetry, and commentary. "A historical perspective of a nation, its people, and its cultural evolution. From the beginning of the slave trade through the Civil Rights movement, to the present."

American Memory (Library of Congress)
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

American National Biography
Provides scholarly biographies of more than 17,400 men and women from all eras and walks of life. The print version was published in 24 volumes in 1999, and a special effort was made to include more women and members of minority groups that had been underrepresented in previous biographical references. The signed articles are provided with bibliographies.

Black Facts Online
Searchable database of events in African-American history.

Black History Month Center
From Thomson Gale; includes biographies, a time line, and other educational resources for celebrating Black History Month.

Breaking Racial Barriers: African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection
The National Portrait Gallery's use of the famous Harmon Foundation Collection of early twentieth century civil right's activists to illustrate how prominent African-Americans broke racial barriers. Each portrait includes a short biography.

The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925
“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.”

“A Durable Memento”: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist
Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Profiles African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

First Person Narratives on the American South, 1860-1920
This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documents the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It includes the diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives of not only prominent individuals, but also of relatively inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.

Harlem, 1900-1940: An African-American Community
Developed by the New York Public Library, this site includes an exhibit, archival photographs, timeline, and resources for teachers that include lessons to go with the photographs.

The History of Jim Crow
This Web site was originally created in support of the PBS series THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and sponsored by the New York Life Insurance Company. The series aired in 2002. A compilation of resources for educators, including narratives, images, and lesson plans.

Homecoming
Web site accompanying the PBS program about the decline in the number of Black farmers in the United States. Presents a "chronicle of black farmers from the Civil War to the present."

The HistoryMakers
The HistoryMakers is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized, archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

Images of Colonial Africa
Early 1990s photographs taken or gathered by missionary Laura Collins. “The images… are one woman's view, mostly of Kenya, at the beginning of the twentieth century, probably before 1914. They depict the country's society, customs, economics, and geography, as well as its growing Christian church, the missionary community assisting in that endeavor, and Collins herself. Also included are some photographs from Cameroon, the Belgian Congo and Uganda.”

Integration of the Armed Forces
A chronology of both African-American military service and integration of the Armed Forces.

K-12 Electronic Guide to African Resources on the Internet
Compilation of resources and lesson plans for teaching about Africa, including travel and languages.

Legal Information Institute
Civil Rights Legislation—Title 42, Chapter 21 of the U.S. Code. From Cornell Law School.

Malcolm X: A Research Site
Provides extensive resources, including a chronology, speeches, photographs, and family history.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement
Compilation of relevant articles and photos from the Seattle Times

Mathematicians of the African Diaspora
This website is intended to exhibit the accomplishments of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora within the mathematical sciences. It includes an array of information including profiles of famous mathematicians, women's history, and a database of computer scientists, astronomers, and physicists. It provides educational statistics regarding the number of Ph.D.s granted and percentage of African Americans in science related careers. It also has job postings, links to Black mathematician journals, and a list of recent deaths of prominent scientists.

The Murals of John Biggers
Facts about the life and works of the artist.

Negro League Baseball
“The web site is an educational project intended to provide an online resource for students, teachers, historians and baseball enthusiasts interested in increasing their knowledge of the pre-integration, professional baseball leagues and their role in the shaping of American society and the national game of baseball.”

Patchwork of African-American Life
From the AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer, this site presents 6 web sites related to African-American history that were created as models to suggest ways to integrate the World Wide Web and videoconferencing into classroom learning.

Reading Women Writers and African Literature
This site proposes an overview of African women writers writing in French, South of the Sahara. It provides an opportunity to find out more about the authors' life and interests and to get acquainted with their novels, short stories, plays and poetry. From the University of Western Australia.

Remembering Black Loyalists: Black Communities in Nova Scotia
“The Black Loyalists arrived in Nova Scotia between 1783 and 1785, as a result of the American Revolution. They were the largest group of people of African birth and of African descent to come to Nova Scotia at any one time.”

Stamp on Black History
Facts about African American men and women who have been featured on US postage stamps through 1998.

The State of Public School Integration: Brown v. Board of Education at 50
The site “offers information and analysis of court-ordered desegregation as it relates to trends in racial composition and segregation from 1968-2000 for public elementary school districts across the nation.

Still Going On
From Duke University, this site contains digitized photographs and documents and music clips from the life of William Grant Still (1895-1978), who became the first African American composer to have a symphony performed by an American orchestra.

The Story of Africa: African History from the Dawn of Time
“The Story of Africa tells the history of the continent from an African perspective.
Africa's top historians take a fresh look at the events and characters that have shaped the continent from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid.” From the BBC World Service.

The Two Nations of Black America
Companion to PBS “Frontline” documentary about the gap between the upper and lower classes of black America and why it has happened.
Note: this taping of this program is available in Belk Library, call no. 305.5 T93fr

W.E. B. Du Bois Virtual University
“The W.E.B. Du Bois Virtual University is a series of pages detailing various aspects of Du Bois studies. It is my hope that the University will serve as a clearinghouse for information on Du Bois and spur intelligent scholarship and discussion of his life, legacy, and works. Because Du Bois' life spanned nearly a century, Du Bois studies encompasses much of African American history. The study of Du Bois is therefore instructive to the study of American history as a whole.  This site was developed by Jennifer Wager, a graduate of the Department of African-American and African Studies at The Ohio State University.”