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Reference Books on African American History

Use reference books for concepts, vocabulary and bibliography!

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Africana : the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience 2nd ed. - Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Call Number: DT14.A37435 2005 REF
ISBN: 0195170555
More than 4,000 articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religion, ethnic groups, organizations and countries on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The African American Encyclopedia 2nd ed.
Call Number: E 185 .A253 2001 REF
Brief articles concerning many aspects of African American life, history and culture.

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Chronology of African American History: From 1492 to the Present 2nd ed.
Call Number: E 185 .H64 1997 REF
Year by year descriptions of significant historical and cultural events in African American history.

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Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights : From Emancipation to the Present - Charles D. Lowery and John F. Marszalek
Call Number: E 185.61 .E54 1992
This encyclopedia covers a wide array of events, legislation, court decisions, cultural achievements, speeches, organizations, and personalities that have contributed to the cause of African-American civil rights.

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African American Lives - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.
Call Number: E 185.96 .A446 2004 REF
Features portraits of some six hundred noteworthy African Americans representing a wide variety of fields of endeavor. Subjects of biographies include slaves and abolitionists, writers, politicians, artists, business leaders, musicians, performers, athletes, journalists, and other historical figures.

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African-American Atlas : Black History and Culture-An Illustrated Reference - Molefi K. Asante and Mark T. Mattson
Call Number: E185 .A79 1998 REF
Presents a history from African origins to the social and economic realities of the 20th century, and profiles key individuals

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Atlas of African-American History - James Ciment
Call Number: E185 .C55 2001 REF
Text, maps, and illustrations introduce African cultures and trace African American history from the slave trade through the Civil War, emancipation, the early twentieth century, and the civil rights movement to the present.

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Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History - Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West
Call Number: E185 .E54 1996 REF
Produced by the Center for American Culture Studies at Columbia University, this set attempts to cover "all aspects of the African-American experience." Two-thirds of the entries are biographies, with the remainder dealing with events, historical eras, cultural achievements, and places.

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The New York Public Library African American Desk Reference
Call Number: E185 .N57 1999 REF
Presents a timeline of African-American history and identifies important people and events.


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Video: Save our History - Voices of Civil Rights

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Just one of the many videos in the collection is Save our History: Voices of Civil Rights, an archive of oral histories of the Civil Rights Movement. The video can be accessed from the STCC campus without logging in, but in order to access the video from off campus, you must have first created an account in Films on Demand, and then log in below using your user ID or email and your password.


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