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Eight Digital Collections for Teaching and Studying Black History

Posted on 01/22/2019

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Celebrate centuries of Black History this February—and all year long—with these eight digital resources for African American studies. Contribute to your own institution’s Black History observances by providing or promoting access to these acclaimed collections of primary sources available from Readex.

African Americans and Reconstruction: Hope and Struggle, 1865-1883

Providing the raw material of African-American history across nearly 20 crucial years, this database brings together many of the most significant printed materials by and about African Americans. Among them are overlooked works of fiction and poetry.

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African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and Protest, 1883-1992

This collection captures voices of, by and about African Americans during a pivotal period of segregation and disenfranchisement, enabling students and scholars to easily uncover patterns of thought and compare points of view.

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African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998

Spanning a century and a half, this heavily used digital resource provides more than 350 newspapers chronicling the African American experience. It offers one-of-a-kind coverage of Black history, culture and daily life.

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African American Periodicals, 1825-1995

This unique collection features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans, including dozens of short-lived titles not collected by most libraries. Included are many genres of publications—from journals to magazines to newsletters.

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The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society

Digitized in full-color, these diverse works cover every facet of American slavery and abolition. Among them are books, pamphlets, graphic materials and ephemera, including a significant number of invaluable Southern imprints.

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Black Authors, 1556-1922: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia

Black Authors is the most complete and compelling collection of its kind. It offers more than 550 fully catalogued and searchable works by writers from the Americas, Europe and Africa, expertly compiled by the editors of the Afro-Americana Imprints collection.

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American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996

The only comprehensive collection covering foreign reactions to America’s racial struggles in the mid-20th century is American Race Relations. It provides a wealth of translated documents on racial justice from around the world.

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Civil Rights in America: From Reconstruction to the Great Society

From segregation to women’s suffrage to discrimination of all kinds, civil rights have shaped the course of American history. Civil Rights in America is a premier archive of official publications and primary source material on this broad topic.


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For more information about any of the collections above—or to request a trial for your institution—please contact Readex Marketing.

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