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Now online: African American Periodicals - from slavery to the modern era

Posted on 09/12/2011

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 The essential new complement to African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports and other genres.

These diverse periodicals—which have shaped, and in turn been shaped by, African American culture—will enable new discoveries about lives of African Americans as individuals, as an ethnic group and as Americans. Like African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, this new collection is based upon James P. Danky's monumental African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography.

Drawn from matchless holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society, African American Periodicals ranges over more than 150 years of American life, from slavery during the Antebellum Period to the struggles and triumphs of the modern era. Beyond offering opinions on issues and events of the day, the rare titles in African American Periodicals capture the voices of African American social, political, religious, literary and business history. The publications brought together here—many short-lived and not collected by most libraries—brim with surprises and untold stories. For more information or to request a collection trial at your institution, please contact Readex at 800.762.8182 or

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