African American Studies

Black Drama: Second Edition

Description

NOTE: This product is the updated version of: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/28611

Black Drama, now it its expanded second edition, contains the full text of more than 1,460 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 230 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. James Vernon Hatch, the playwright, historian, and curator of the landmark Hatch-Billops Collection, is the project’s editorial advisor. Over 40% of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that black theater has served: to give testimony to the ancient foundations of black culture; to protest injustices; to project emerging images of the New Black; and to give voice to the many and varied expressions of black creativity.

The works from early twentieth-century America include key writings of the Harlem Renaissance, works performed for the Federal Theatre Project, and plays by critically acclaimed dramatists through the 1940s. Included are the plays of Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Ira Aldridge, Shirley Graham, W.E.B. Du Bois, Randolph Edmonds, Georgia Douglas Johnson, May Miller, Willis Richardson, Eulalie Spence, and many others. The plays address a wide range of struggles and triumphs, including migration to Northern cities, mothers keeping families together, exploitation by white land owners, interracial unity, racial violence, civil rights activism, and the black war hero.

American works from the later twentieth century cover the Black Arts movement of the sixties and seventies, works performed by the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS), The Negro Ensemble Company, and other companies. The collection includes plays by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, Charles Fuller, Ron Milner, Adrienne Kennedy, Anna Deavere Smith, Alice Childress, Charles Smith, Dael Orlandersmith, Ntozake Shange, Melvin Van Peebles, Joseph Walker, Richard Wesley, and August Wilson, to name a few. The plays explore themes including civil rights, desegregation, and a wide range of ideologies—integrationist and separatist, revolutionary and nationalist.

African and Caribbean drama is represented by a wide collection of plays from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, the West Indies, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. It includes works by writers such as David Edgecombe, Bode Sewande, Ngugi wa Thiong'o , Femi Osofisan, Zakes Mda, John Ruganda, Dennis Scott, Zulu Sofola, Paul Boakye, Errol John, Fatima Dike, Clifford Sealy, Joe de Graft, Richard Rive, Bole Butake, Matsemela Manaka, Errol Hill, and Derrick Walcott. The plays deal with the social and political ills stemming from colonialism, slavery, and apartheid; the struggle for independence; African history; and neocolonialism. Of particular interest is material written as “Township Theatre” in South Africa under apartheid and during the development of black grassroots urban theatre.

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Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11623
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Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)

Alternative Titles
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Pittsburgh Courier, PQHN: PC
Courier, Pittsburgh New Courier, New Courier, New Pittsburgh Courier
Black Historical Newspapers, BHN
Description

Full-text searchable access to the complete backfile of Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), a major African American community newspaper.  Includes original page images digitized from microfilm.

Type
Article Index
Newspaper(s)
Coverage
1911 - 2002
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11385
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Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)

Alternative Titles
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Sentinel, PQHN: LAS
Eastside News
Black Historical Newspapers, BHN
Description

Full-text searchable access to the complete backfile of Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), a major African American community newspaper.  Includes original page images digitized from microfilm.

Type
Article Index
Newspaper(s)
Coverage
1934 - 2005
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11381
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Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)

Alternative Titles
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Atlanta Daily World, PQHN: ADW
Atlanta World
Black Historical Newspapers, BHN
Description

Full-text searchable access to the complete backfile of Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), a major African American community newspaper.  Includes original page images digitized from microfilm.

Type
Article Index
Newspaper(s)
Coverage
1931 - 2003
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11379
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ProQuest History Vault

Alternative Titles
History Vault, Southern Life and Slavery, Slavery and the Law, Southern Life and African American History 1775-1915 Plantations Records, Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle, NAACP Papers, American Indians and the American West 1809-1971, Thomas A. Edison Papers, Law and Society Since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library, American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate, Struggle for Women's Rights Organizational Records 1880-1990, National Woman's Party Papers, Papers of the League of Women Voters, Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files: Europe and Latin America 1960-1969, Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy 1960-1975, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service 1880-1930
Description

ProQuest History Vault is a platform that hosts several digitized primary source collections in 19th and 20th century American history. History Vault supports advanced searching across all modules and collections and is also fully browsable. All documents may be downloaded as PDFs.

The collections include:

Southern Life and Slavery: Includes plantation records, 1775-1915, and petitions on race & slavery submitted to county courts and state legislatures, to 1867.

American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971: Collections from the U.S. National Archives covering American Indians & U.S. government relations during the 19th & 20th centuries.

Thomas A. Edison Papers: Collection of lab notebooks, diaries, business records, and correspondence documenting the life and work of Thomas Alva Edison.

Law and Society Since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library: Set of 11 collections including papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, Louis D. Brandeis, and others.

Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1880 - 1930: Documents covering investigations made during the massive immigration wave into the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

Struggle for Women's Rights: Organizational Records, 1880-1990: Records of the National Woman's Party, the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Alliance.

Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library: Collection from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College covering voting rights, national politics, and reproductive rights.

Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle: Records of several organizations including the NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, & CORE, along with FBI surveillance files on MLK, Jr. & from COINTELPRO.

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files: Europe and Latin America 1960-1969: Collection of State Department documents from the 1960s, not previously published.

American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate: Expansive collection of documents from the Kennedy, Johnson, & Nixon administrations, including records of several federal agencies.

Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy 1960-1975: Collection of U.S foreign policy documents from the State Department, CIA, Kennedy, Johnson, & Nixon National Security files, and more.

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Text Collection
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http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11243
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African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Alternative Titles
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 (Readex)
American Ethnic Newspapers
African American Newspapers, 1835-1956
Description

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 300 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This collection features papers from more than 35 states and the District of Columbia. Part of the Readex America's Historical Newspapers collection, African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 was created from the most extensive African American newspaper archives in the United States—those of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Kansas State Historical Society and the Library of Congress.

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

This resource now includes African American Newspapers Series 1, 1827-1998 and African American Newspapers Series 2, 1835-1956.

Type
Newspaper(s)
Coverage
1827-1998
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11183
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Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections

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Portal to the following full-text American and English literature databases: * AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY * AMERICAN POETRY * AMERICAN DRAMA 1714–1915 * CANADIAN POETRY * EARLY AMERICAN FICTION 1789–1850 * EARLY ENGLISH PROSE FICTION * EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FICTION * ENGLISH DRAMA * ENGLISH POETRY, SECOND EDITION * NINETEENTH-CENTURY FICTION * TWENTIETH-CENTURY AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY * TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY
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Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11143
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Twentieth-Century African American Poetry (Chadwyck-Healey version)

Alternative Titles
Twentieth-Century African American Poetry (DLPS version)
Database of Twentieth Century African American Poetry (DLPS version)
Database of Twentieth Century African American Poetry (Chadwyck-Healey version)
20th Century African American Poetry (Chadwyck-Healey version)
20th Century African American Poetry (DLPS version)
DAAP20
Description

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry is a unparalleled collection of poetry written by the most important and influential African American poets of the twentieth century. Coverage begins with the key writers of the early decades (James Weldon Johnson, Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson, Claude McKay), continues with major figures of the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Arna Bontemps and Sterling Brown) and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s (Imamu Amiri Baraka, Etheridge Knight, Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez), and concludes with a considerable body of writing of the 1980s and 1990s, including major figures such as Ai, Rita Dove and Yusef Komunyakaa alongside young writers who have gained recognition through national poetry awards or inclusion within leading print anthologies.

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Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11139
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American Drama 1714-1915

Description
Containing more than 1,500 dramatic works from the colonial period to the beginning of the twentieth century, American Drama 1714–1915 is the largest electronic collection of American dramatic writing of its kind. It provides literary researchers and historians with a comprehensive survey of American dramaturgy from its origins up to the era of sensational melodrama and manners comedy exemplified by the work of such playwrights as David Belasco, Clyde Fitch and William Vaughn Moody. Full details of the works included in American Drama 1714–1915 are given in the bibliography. Early landmark texts represented in the collection include Robert Hunter's satire Androboros (1714), the earliest printed American play, and Thomas Godfrey's tragedy The Prince of Parthia (1765), the first American play professionally performed on an American stage. Highlights from the nineteenth century include George Aiken's stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin, one of the most popular dramatic works of its period both in America and Europe, The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (1857) by William Wells Brown, and The Octoroon (1859), widely recognised as Dion Boucicault's most important American-themed play. American Drama 1714–1915 provides exhaustive coverage of the printed record of African American drama to 1915, allowing users to cross-search plays by Ira Aldridge, William Wells Brown, F. B. Coffin, Will Marion Cook, Paul Laurence Dunbar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Pauline E. Hopkins, Jesse Shipp and Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman with the complete canon of American drama. Frequently-studied plays by major dramatists are placed in the context provided by the dramatic writings of lesser-known contemporaries and canonical authors not primarily remembered for their dramatic works, such as Louisa May Alcott and Emma Lazarus.
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Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11129
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African American Poetry (Chadwyck-Healey version)

Alternative Titles
African American Poetry (DLPS version)
Database of African American Poetry (Chadwyck-Healey version)
Database of African American Poetry (DLPS version)
DAAP
Description

African American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It provides a comprehensive survey of the early history of African American poetry, from the earliest published African American poems to the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American poet to achieve national success and recognition. The authors and works included in the collection show the huge variety of this relatively unexplored area of American literary history: coverage includes writers from both North and South, from rural and urban backgrounds, and ranges from University-educated professionals to those for whom the very acts of reading and writing constituted a defiance of Southern slave laws. Generically, poems range from ballads, broadsides and humorous verse to Romantic odes, sonnets and historical epics.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11125
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