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The Reviews Are In: African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Posted on 05/02/2012

Now complete, African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 has been reviewed in three major library publications: Library Journal, Reference Reviews and Choice.  Here is an excerpt from each:

From Library Journal (May 1, 2012) —

 “A collection of the full text and indexing for more than 270 19th- and 20th-century U.S. newspapers from 37 states (plus the District of Columbia) published by and for African Americans....The subject matter encompasses ethnic studies, cultural studies, literature, social history, and political studies from the antebellum South to the civil rights movement and beyond.... “This extraordinary content—both deep and broad—is the main reason to acquire the file.  It’s a treasure trove of African American culture and history.  But the power of the search and display system also delivers that content beautifully.... “Verdict: Enthusiastically recommended for public and academic libraries serving serious researchers in African American studies and American history.” — Cheryl LaGuardia, Harvard University

From Reference Reviews (Vol. 26, No. 3. 2012) —

 “The early black press served a unique purpose, articulating the social and political aspirations of African Americans in their own words. Although many of these publications were short lived, lasting only a few years or months, they reveal a point of view not often communicated by the mainstream press. “In the past, librarians aiding scholars in identifying black newspapers and periodicals were often limited to consulting bibliographies but now librarians can direct scholars to digital full text versions of these critical primary resources....Readex should be commended for including James Danky as the Senior Advisor for African American Newspapers 1827-1998 and making selections based on Danky's seminal bibliography.... “African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 adds to the current selection of historical newspaper databases available, filling an important gap for libraries....libraries should consider a subscription to this Readex database to provide the broadest access to nineteenth and twentieth century African American newspapers.” — Carmelita N. Pickett, Texas A&M University

From Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (January 2011)

“...students and faculty will discover firsthand reports of major events and issues such as the Civil War, presidential elections, business and trade, the arts, and religion. Influential publications include The Cleveland Gazette (Cleveland, OH), The New York Age (New York, NY), L'Union (New Orleans, LA), and The Washington Bee (Washington,DC).... “Covering more than a century and a half, this collection offers unique perspectives and rich historical context surrounding the African American experience. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers.″ — L. A. Ganster, University of Pittsburgh

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