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A SELECTION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN

HISTORY WEB SITES

Compiled by Roger A. Griffin, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Riverside Campus
Austin Community College
Austin, Texas



Crediting Black History Month Web Links

Many sites, subdivided by topic.


United States Colored Troops

A database of over 230,000 names of African Americans who served in the Union Army in the Civil War. This is part of a larger site from the National Parks Service, the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Systems. Includes 180 histories of USCT units/regiments and links to the most significant battles in which they fought.


Celebrating Black History Month

Links provided by a community in southern Cook County, Illinois.


Pathfinder Celebrates Black History Through the Ages

Includes a virtual art exhibit by some of the 20th century's leading African-American artists, a poll about the most influential black men and women of the 20th century, links to more black history sites, etc.


Yahoo Internet Life Celebrates Black History Month

Links, interviews, and a special feature on Martin Luther King, Jr.


Gale Salutes Black History Month

Sponsored by a commercial publishing company. Feature: Black History Resource Center which includes a quiz, a biography section, a timeline of African-American history, an activity section, and excerpts from The Schomberg Center Guide to Black Literature. Each day of the month, there is a question about black history.


Internet Resources for Students of Afro-American History

Part of a larger list of Internet sites developed by the Rutgers University Library.


Celebrate Black History Month 1998

Sections include "Biographies of African American Leaders,"


African American Collection

Sections include "Photo Tour of the Civil Rights Movement," "Black History: Exploring African-American Issues on the Web," "History," "The African-American Mosaic" (Library of Congress), "The Internet African American History Challenge" (a black history quiz), and "Biographical Profiles of Some Important 19th Century African Americans." (Sponsorship of this site not given.)


African-American Mosaic Exhibition

The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. This is an online guide to an ongoing exhibit at the library. Includes text and pictures from the exhibit.


Mississippi State University African American History Archive

The Mississippi State University African American History Archive is a great place to start for pointers to African-American history sites, as well as an excellent repository of African-American history primary documents. The sites include Adonis Productions' Black Pioneers page (with pages on African-American pioneers in all fields), Great Day In Harlem (jazz), Mississippi State's AfriGeneas genealogy mailing list and Web site, Small Towns-Black Lives in New Jersey, African American pioneers in Kentucky law, and the International Museum of the Horse's Buffalo Soldier pages. Full text documents include Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery, Frederick Douglass' Autobiography and My Escape from Slavery, and Henry David Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown" and "Slavery in Massachussetts", among others. The site also contains African-American bibliographies in the arts, education, history, and science, as well as pointers to other African-American sites.


African American History Page

This page is sponsored by radio stations KLRT/KASN, Little Rock, Arkansas. Site constructed by Kelly Franklin..


A Deeper Shade of History

Developed by Charles Isbell and Mike Bowen. Sponsored by CLIMB, "a collaboration of like-minded individuals who seek to improve the accuracy and content of historical and cultural artifacts on the Internet. In particular, CLIMB aspires to be a central jumpstation for individuals and organizations interested in Black content on the Web." The site's primary offiering is "This Week in Black History."


Black History Page

"This page was born out of the inspiration of the "Million Man March." It will attempt to highlight a person of color, organization, or event which has contributed to the global community."


Universal Black Pages: History Section

The Universal Black Pages, created and developed through the efforts of members of the Black Graduate Students Association at Georgia Tech University, is a comprehensive page of pointers to subjects related to "the African Diaspora."


The African American Journey

To celebrate Black History Month, World Book has assembled here a comprehensive look at the struggle for freedom by African Americans. USA Today Hot Sites calls it "Interactive learning at its best." Sections: "From Africa to America," "From Slavery to Freedom," "Early Years of Freedom" (through World War II), "The Civil Rights Movement," and "A Brief History of Black History Month."


Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection

This collection, a part of the Library of Congress American Memory site, 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.


Excerpts from Slave Narratives

There are many excerpts in this collection. The site was developed by Steven Mintz of the University of Houston.


Martin Luther King Papers Project

"The Martin Luther King Papers Project," an on-line archive at Stanford University of primary documents written during King's life and secondary documents written about him. Links to articles, biographical material, a chronology of events, and the full text of some of his speeches. Also, information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.


African American Bibliography: History.

Developed by the University of the State of New York, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Library.


Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts

The publication, edited by Michael Plunkett, has the distinction of being the first book published on the Internet by a university press. In addition to detailed descriptions of the holdings of twenty-six collections in Virginia, this guide includes 18 historical photographs and images of key manuscripts.


Third Person, First Person

Subtitle, is "Slave Voices From The Special Collections Library Broadside Collection, Special Collections Library, Duke University." Based on an exhibit at Perkins Library, Duke University, in November and December, 1995.


American Slave Narratives

Developed by the University of Virginia, brings to the Internet transcripts of interviews conducted in the 1930s by writers employed by the Works Progress Administration. The material here represents a small sample of the 2,300 interviews conducted by the WPA writers. The complete transcripts are available in printed form in The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, edited by George P. Rawick (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972-79). (Other transcripts from the collection are available on a Web site provided by the Library of Congress.)


Documenting the American South Project

This site, subtitled, "The Southern Experience in 19th-Century America," was developed by the Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documents present primary sources documenting the culture of the American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. Includes several slave narratives, with more to come.


Other Great Migrations: African-Americans in the West

Part of a larger site, WestWeb, developed by Catherine Lavender, Professor of History, Staten Island College, CUNY. Includes primary source texts, secondary source texts, bibliographies, and images.


Writing Black

Site has works by and about black writers and non-black writers who have written about some aspect of the African-American experience through time. Includes links to many significant historical and literary works. Developed by the Department of American Studies, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.


Quarterly Black Review of Books

The Quarterly Black Review of Books is a site that reviews the latest in black fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's books. It also includes a feature section, as well as a guide to black classics by author, a listing of works of significant black writers including W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker.


Harlem Renaissance Page

Consists of an introduction plus links. "This page is one of many maintained by Scott Williams for The Circle Association."


Stamp on Black History

Information about African Americans in United States history who have been honored on postage stamps.

Negro Leagues Baseball Online Archives

Takes one back in time to the other side of the "American Pastime." Goes beyond a historical narrative of the Negro Leagues to provide "the faces and personal tales that, when stitched together, make up the 75-year tradition of the Negro Leagues." Thirty players are detailed through photos, biographical sketches and statistics. There are histories of individual teams plus anecdotes from the Black Ball News, a one-time newspaper devoted to the Negro Leagues.


National Civil Rights Museum Web Site

Basic information about the museum, located in the Lorraine Motel, Memphis. Among the more useful sections: "Virtual Tour," and "About the Museum." Also has a link to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.


Afro-Americ@'s Black History Museum

Afro-Americ@, a service of the Afro-American Newspaper Company of Baltimore, Maryland, has made available this interactive set of exhibits highlighting important events and people in African American History. Exhibits include "Black Resistance: Slavery in the US," "Tuskegee Airmen: The First Black Combat Pilots in America," "Jackie Robinson," "The Black Panther Party," "Black or White: The Environment of the 20s and 30s When Black America Was on a Binge to Undo its Blackness by Concentrating on Making itself as White as it Could Be," "The Million Man March," "The Scottsboro Boys," and "This is Our War: A Compilation of Articles Written by AFRO Correspondents While Following Black American Troops During World War II." The exhibits are accompanied by articles and graphics from issues of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. Requires Quicktime.


African-American Issues: The Black Collegian Online: African-American Interest Articles

Several of the links are to materials about African-American history.


Portrait of Black Chicago

This site, from the National Archives and Records Administration, contains nineteen annotated photos by John H. White, a Chicago newspaper photographer, taken for the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUAMERICA project in the 1970s. They provide a "slice of life" of African-American Chicago in the early 1970s.


Beyond the Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate

Developed by the National Archives and Records Administration. Nine documents in the National Archives, most of them telegrams and letters from Robinson to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. There are also quotations by Robinson about civil rights and some teaching materials geared to secondary school students. (Part of a larger site, The Digital Classroom, which has primary source materials on other topics in United States history.)


African Americans in the Sciences

Links to biographies


Black Quest: Power Resource Links

Comprehensive list of links to many useful sites.


Black Facts Online

At this site, produced by Inner City Software, one can look up black history facts for every day of the year, perform full-text searches for black history information, find out what black people were born on one's birthday, etc. Claims to be "Your Internet Resource for Black History Information."


Encarta Schoolhouse's Black History Month Page

In addition to the Politics section, there are other sections on Arts, Education, Literature, Science, and Sports. There are links to articles in Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia (most pitched to a tenth-grade reader) and links to other black history sites.


The History Channel: Celebrating Black History Month

Links to many biographical articles plus a special feature on the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny of 1944.


NetNoir Online--The Black Network: Black History Month

Features a section titled, "Birth of our Civilization." (More episodes may be added later.)


CityView Salutes Black History Month

Sections: "Political & Civil Rights Leaders," "Educational & Literary Leaders," and "Sports & Entertainment Leaders."


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

Based on the PBS series of the same name. There are four topics: "The Terrible Transformations," "Revolution," "Brotherly Love," and "Judgment Day." Each topic is subdivided into a narrative section, a resource bank, and a teacher's guide. The resource bank is divided into "People and Events," Historical Documents," and "Modern Voices" (interpretive essays).


Black History Month: A Celebration

Information on the history of Black History Month plus biographical articles on important African-American leaders in United States history.


Harriett Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Text of this famous memoir, plus other information about Jacobs, her times, slavery, etc.


The Underground Railroad

Site hosted by the Division of Education of the University of California Davis. High school level. Includes information about the Underground Railroad and associated topics, personal narratives, selections from literature, some music, maps, a bibliography, and links to other sites.

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