2012 Theme: Black Women in American History and Culture
Reading Lists | Internet Sites
Reading Lists from the Springfield City Library:
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Selected Internet Resources:
Museums and Online Exhibits:
- The African Presence in the Americas: 1492 - 1992: A survey of the experience of Africans in the New World, divided into the themes of migration, work, culture and resistance. An exhibition from the New York Public Library's Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. Includes a timeline, aids for teachers, maps, and short essays.
- Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity: An unusual and quite beautiful exhibit from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, exploring the history of kente cloth, perhaps the most famous of all African textiles. Several other exhibits of African art are available at the museum site.
- African Art Museum: Subtitled an online reference to the tribal art of Africa, this site features a collection of images of over 1,000 artifacts from over 100 ethnic groups, from the Ababua to the Zukuma. Although a commercial site, this online museum offers some beautiful graphics of African art throughout the centuries.
- John Brown's Holy War: Background, timeline, maps and more describing John Brown, his abortive crusade against slavery, and his influence on the events leading to the Civil War. From PBS' American Experience series.
- Rhapsodies in Black: This Web site provides an introduction to the exhibition Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, curated by David A. Bailey and Richard J. Powell and organised by the Hayward Gallery, London in collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC., and the Institute of International Visual Arts. The Web site combines images and text to elaborate on some of the key themes in the exhibition.
- Our Shared History: African American Experience: Check out Our Shared History to find all the exciting and innovative sites related to African American heritage available across the NPS web site, ParkNet. They vary widely from far-reaching travel guides to new information on the Underground Railroad to ways to find African American ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
General History and Culture:
- African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. And don't miss the excellent Library of Congress exhibit, African American Odyssey.
- African-American History Month (Library of Congress): Highlights the many resources on African-American history and culture available from the Library's extensive online collections.
- African American World: A guide to the history and culture of African Americans from PBS. Includes a timeline, reference and classroom resources, a special section for kids, and links to other sites.
- African American History Timeline: A timeline of historic events in African-American history from 1600 to the present, from Professor Quintard Taylor Jr at the University of Washington. Includes an African Americans in the West timeline, and links to research guides and websites, vignettes of significant people and places in African-American history, and a comprehensive bibliography.
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH): Founders of Black History Month. ASALH has chosen to devote the 2008 National Black History Theme to studying the historian Carter G Woodson and his influence.
- The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Free access to articles from the Montgomery Advertiser archives from 1955-57, and video clips from participants in this seminal episode in the Civil Rights struggle.
- African American Perspectives: Primary source materials from the Library of Congress. The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.
- African Americans at War: Fighting Two Battles: Interviews with African Americans who served in the US military, from the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
- North American Slave Narratives: Beginnings to 1920: Documents the individual and collective story of the African American struggle for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. When completed, it will include all the narratives of fugitive and former slaves published in broadsides, pamphlets, or book form in English up to 1920 and many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves published in English before 1920. From the Documenting the American South collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record: Hundreds of images in a searchable database selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. From the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library.
- Voices from the Days of Slavery: Almost seven hours of recorded interviews with 23 former slaves. Includes transcriptions, essays and biographies. From the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.
- Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement: A special online exhibit from the Seattle Times, with a biography, photo gallery, timeline, study guide, essays, and more.
- King Encyclopedia: From the Martin Luther King Jr Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
- Celebrate Black History: Notable biographies, an interactive timeline, videos, and a special section on the Apollo Theater from Biography.com.
- Black Inventor Online Museum:
A look at the great and often unrecognized leaders in the field of invention and innovation.
- The Faces of Science: African-Americans in the Sciences: Profiles of African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.
- Hall of Black Achievement: The Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement, from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.
- MAD: Mathematicians of the African Diaspora: Biographies of black mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists.
- Negro Leagues Legacy: From MLB.com, with profiles of the great stars of black baseball.
- Black Inventors: Extensive list of African-American patent holders, with short biographies of several individuals. From About.com.
- African American Lives: Online companion to the PBS program tracing the roots of African-Americans, hosted and narrated by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Includes a genealogy guide and other features.
- 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, including an e-mail discussion list and message boards.
- Afro-American Genealogical Research: A research guide from the Library of Congress.
Study Guides, Directories and Other Resources:
- African-American Heritage Teacher Toolkit for Grades K-12: Features information about online and print reference sources, FAQs, professional development resources, lesson plans, museums and historic sites, and more.
- African American Labor History: A selection of links to online resources, books and films from AFSCME.
- Black History Facts: Today in black history. Searchable.
- Black History for Kids: Links, coloring pages, printables, activities and more for kids from Kaboose.
- Black History Month from InfoPlease: Features links to history and timelines, contemporary issues, biographies, almanacs, statistics, and more, including quizzes and crosswords.
- Beginning Library Research in African American Studies: This overview from the Stanford University Libraries includes research tips, selected reference sources, periodical indexes, biographical and bibliographical indexes, selected websites, usenet discussion groups, and more.
- African Studies Internet Resources: Part of the WWW Virtual Library, this site is an ongoing compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Africa available on the Internet, created under the purview of the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries.
- African American Women's History: Collection of links from About.com.
- US History Index: African-American History: Extensive links from the WWW Virtual Library.