African American Studies

Southern Life and Slavery

Alternative Titles
ProQuest History Vault, Slavery and the Law, Southern Life and African American History, Plantation records, Records of antebellum southern plantations from the revolution through the civil war, Records of southern plantations from emancipation to the great migration, Race slavery and free blacks, Slavery statutes
Description

Southern Life and Slavery includes two major sub-collections documenting the history of race and slavery in the American south.

Slavery and the Law consists of petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks submitted to county courts and state legislatures during the period 1775-1867. The collection includes petitions for redress of grievances at multiple levels of government throughout all 15 slaveholding states and the District of Columbia. The documents convey testimony of men, women, slaves, slaveholders, and free black people on a wide range of contested topics, including suffrage, education, marriage, divorce, and emancipation.

Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records is a vast collection of business and personal records such as ledger and payroll books, diaries and correspondence, and wills. These records cover the antebellum, Civil War, and post-emancipation periods across much of the American south and provide coverage of business and agricultural practices alongside personal and familial records. The collections document crop and commodity prices, aspects of the cotton and grain trades, culture of tobacco growing and marketing, and various aspects of the daily lives of slaves and planters.

Major collections in this module include:

  • The James Henry Hammond Papers from University of South Carolina
  • Hollyday Family Papers, Susanna Warfield Diaries, and Martha Forman Diaries from the Maryland Historical Society
  • Valcour Aime Slave Records from the Louisiana State Museum
  • John McDonogh Papers from Tulane University
  • General John Hartwell Cocke Papers from the University of Virginia
  • Henry Watson Papers and the Clement Claiborne Clay Papers from Alabama
  • John Knight and Duncan McLaurin collections from the Natchez area in Mississippi
  • William Patterson Smith Collection from Duke University
Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41201
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Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle

Alternative Titles
History Vault, NAACP Papers, Bayard Rustin Papers, Mary McLeod Bethune Papers, NACWC Records, SCLC Records, Claude A. Barnett Papers, Congress of Racial Equality Papers, SNCC Papers
Description

Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle is a substantial collection of documents drawn from three categories to document the U.S. civil rights movement in the 20th century: records of the U.S. federal government; various organizational records and collections of personal papers; and records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The NAACP Papers collection covers the period from 1909-1972. It consists of 6 modules and contains internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices throughout the country.

The U.S. Federal Government records include civil rights records from the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush presidencies as well as the Martin Luther King FBI File and FBI Files on locations of major civil rights demonstrations like Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

The organizational records and personal papers include records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACWC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

 

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41115
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Black Abolitionist Papers

Alternative Titles
BAP
Description

Online version of the first primary source collection to comprehensively detail the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Covering the period 1830-1865, the collection presents the massive, international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. The approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.

Includes primary documents gathered from over 100 libraries and archives across the world, first microfilmed and published in 1981, which quickly established a significant shift in historical scholarship regarding Black leadership, activism, and community life during this period.  Unique, hand-written correspondence and documents comprise around 30% of this collection.

Included in the collection are such types of primary documents as:

  • Correspondence of major African American leaders
  • Speeches, sermons, and lectures
  • Articles, essays, editorials, and other major writings from more than 200 newspapers: African American, abolitionist, and reform newspapers
  • Receipts, poems, and other miscellaneous documents
Type
Article Index
Database
Newspaper(s)
Text Collection
Coverage
1830 - 1865
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/39933
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Alexander Street Press

Alternative Titles
Academic Video Online
Alexander Street Video
Description

Search across all video and audio collections provided by Alexander Street Press.  

By making their own account, users can save  and share clips and playlists.  Audio and video recordings can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, available for 48 hours.

Includes:
American History in Video

Art and Architecture in Video

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection

Black Studies in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video, volumes I, II and III

Dance in Video

Dental Education in Video

Engineering Case Studies Online

Ethnographic Video Online, volumes I and II

Filmakers Library Online

Meet the Press

Music Online: American Song

Music Online: Classical Music Library

Music Online: Classical Music in Video

Music Online: Jazz Music Library

Music Online: Opera in Video

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-present

Silent Film Online

The March of Time

Theatre in Video

World History in Video

World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966

 

Type
Audio
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31657
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Republic of New Afrika

Alternative Titles
Archives Unbound: The Republic of New Afrika Collection
Republic of New Africa
Description

Collection of over 14,000 pages of documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the black nationalist group, the Republic of New Afrika (RNA).  The Republic of New Afrika's provisional government was formed at a 1968 conference of black nationalists in Detroit.  The RNA was a social movement organization that proposed the formation of an independent black-majority country within the United States, among other demands.  

 

Type
Text Collection
Coverage
1968-1980
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30139
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Encyclopedia of African American Music

Description

Showcases all facets of African American music including folk, religious, concert and popular styles. Includes more than 500 in-depth entries by more than 100 scholars on a vast range of topics such as genres, styles, individuals, groups, and collectives as well as historical topics such as music of the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and numerous others.

Type
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30052
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African American Periodicals, 1825-1995

Alternative Titles
African American Periodicals 1825-1995 (Readex)
Description

 Features more than 170 periodicals by and about African Americans, published in 26 states.  Includes popular magazines, academic and political journals, organization bulletins, and other genres.  Selection is based on James P. Dankey's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (Harvard, 1998).  Scanned from collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Can be cross-searched by keyword with African American Newspapers, Afro-Americana Imprints and other Archive of Americana series, using the Archive of Americana link below.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
1825-1995
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11915
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Black Studies in Video

Alternative Titles
ASP Black Studies in Video
Black Studies on Video
Description

Black Studies in Video is an Alexander Street Press collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Perspectives collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.  Upon completion, Black Studies in Video will have about 500 hours of video, in streaming format.  

Videos from Alexander Street Press can be downloaded to a phone or other portable device for viewing within 24 hours.

 

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11865
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Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

Description

This collection is created from the Library Company of Philadelphia's acclaimed Afro-Americana Collection. When complete, this unique online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 printed works. These essential books, pamphlets and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints, hold an unparalleled record of African American history, literature and culture. This collection spans nearly 400 years, from the early 16th to the early 20th century. Critically important subjects covered include the West's discovery and exploitation of Africa; the rise of slavery in the New World along with the growth and success of abolitionist movements; the development of racial thought and racism; descriptions of African American life -- slave and free -- throughout the Americas; and slavery and race in fiction and drama. Also featured are printed works of African American individuals and organizations. **At present, the online collection is only 8% complete.**

Can be cross-searched by keyword with African American Newspapers, African American Periodicals and other Archive of Americana series, using the Archive of Americana link below.

Type
Database
E-Book(s)
Text Collection
Coverage
1535-1922
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11775
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Atlanta Constitution 1868-1984

Alternative Titles
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
PQHN
Description

As the only major daily newspaper in the Atlanta area, The Atlanta Constitution provides a fascinating glimpse into the political, economic, cultural, and social life of the southeastern United States from Reconstruction through the late 20th century. Via ProQuest® Historical Newspapers™, researchers can explore the paper’s perspective on local events of major international significance, from post-Civil War Reconstruction, to the first taste of Coca Cola in 1886, to the Race Riots of 1907, the Civil Rights sit-ins of the 1960s, and the election of the first black mayor in 1973.

Vital for research into topics such as: History: • Post-Civil War reconstruction • The voting rights of slaves • Civil Rights Movement • Racial desegregation Business: • Industrial and economic development in the New South • The history of the Coca Cola Company • The rise of the city as a convention center Literature and Culture: • The origin of Uncle Remus stories • Launch of CNN • The premiere of “Gone with the Wind”

Type
Article Index
Newspaper(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11697
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