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The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.  It is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world.

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A searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.

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Publishes essays on African American literature, art and culture. Contains interviews, fictions and poems.
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The mission of the African American Visual Artists Database is to establish a free public access record of the historical and ongoing contribution of artists of African descent and of the African Diaspora to the visual arts, and to provide a visual and textual informational resource for non-profit educational use.  The database, which lists artists who have lived, worked, studied, or exhibited in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean (no search function), currently only provides bibliographic and exhibition information about artists, with images expected to be made available in 2011.

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╠rýnkŔrind˛: a Journal of African Migration will make online research material on African immigration and migration available. It will facilitate connections between the users of technology and research scholars, analysts and writers in the area of African immigration and migration that enable them to debate, dialogue, present the results of their research and for immigrants and migrants, a record of their life experiences.
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The mission of the journal is to expand current conversations on race and ethnicity by working across geographical and disciplinary boundaries and the theory/practice divide.

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Information from a range of sources often not found in other library news databases.

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The Baltimore African-American (1893-1988) was the most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents. The paper’s contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Saunders Redding, artist Romare Bearden, and sports editor Sam Lacy, whose column influenced the desegregation of professional sports.

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Source of news on the African American community. Links include archives to previous weeks of news, a clickable timeline of black media history, submitted letters of concerns and essays and other resources.
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Find directories, news, online publications, libraries and archives, university departments and history links. Most links are annotated and many include attributions.
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Link to programs and research centers, journals and newspapers, scholars, book resources. Resource guides by region and country, organization and topic.
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Nearly 100 sites alphabetically arranged, with major index sites highlighted. Covers historical and contemporary materials. Each entry includes brief annotation. Links kept up to date and new sites are noted.
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Select a country or try a topic such as Arts and Humanities, Business and Economy, Government, Health, Society and Culture.

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The publication of this historic collection in online form restores access to a substantial body of literature, originally published by the Heinemann African Writers Series, much of which is out of print and only accessible in specialist research libraries.  The searchable full-text collection covers the whole historical range of modern African fiction, and includes some of the most important works of African poetry.  Most of the works in the Series come from English-speaking countries in Western, Southern and Eastern Africa, but there are also a number of volumes translated from French, Portuguese, Zulu, Swahili, Acoli, Sesotho, Afrikaans, Luganda and Arabic.

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An image and sound database from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library. Search by collection, subject or country. Image collections include artisans, buildings and structures, cities and towns, education, landscape, religion and women. Sound collections include greetings, rites and ceremonies, songs and singing and drums.
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Covers travel in 51 African countires. Includes data on climate, currencies, visa requirements, transporation and accommodations, favorite destinations, sports, and national festivals.
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Africabib Includes African Women's Bibliographic Database, Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database, Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa 1763-2004: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography, DISA: Digital Imaging Project of South Africa. South Africa's Struggle for Democracy: Anti-Apartheid Periodicals, 1960-1990.
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The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections. Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound.
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Uncover the history of African American women: the history of black women in America, from slavery through Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance and civil rights. Biographies, organizations, events and movements.
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Includes scanned images of letters from black women in the 19th century.
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Includes a number of links relevant for Africana Studies such as the African American History Timeline, the Chronology of the History of Slavery, and the Civil Rights Movement Timeline
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This web site provides an opportunity to read a sample of these narratives, and to see some of the photographs taken at the time of the interviews.
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Antislavery literature represents the origins of multicultural literature in the United States. The goal of the Antislavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding African American experience, US and hemispheric histories of slavery, and early uman rights philosophies. These multilingual collections contribute to an educational consciousness of the role of many antislavery writers in creating contemporary concepts of freedomIncludes antislavery teaching guides, children's literature, contemporary slavery, legacies, news & papers, slave narratives, poetry, prose fiction, proslavery literature, religious literature, tracts, essays and speeches, travel accounts, treatises & general literature, videos and podcasts. Produced by the English departments of Arizona State University and Iowa State University.

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The Archives of American Art, founded in 1954, has assembled the world's largest collection of material documenting the visual arts of the United States. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution since 1970, the Archives gathers, preserves, and makes available to scholars the original records of American painters, sculptors, craftsmen, collectors, and dealers, as well as those of critics, historians, curators, societies, and institutions concerned 'with art in America.
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The thousand images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.
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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time. Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.
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? Truth comes to us from the past, then, like gold washed down from the mountains.?
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In 1986, the Africana Library was named in honor of John Henrik Clarke, who was widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of Africana Studies. Dr. Clarke played an important role in the early history of Cornell University's Africana Studies & Research Center. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of African History at the Center in the 1970s. He also made an invaluable contribution to the establishment of its curricula.
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Includes audio clips and links to 15 other sites. Includes timeline. English Server - Race & Ethnicity

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Links to approximately 100 individual online resources arranged alphabetically. Point of view includes African Americans and other groups. Find an African American bibliography, primary sources from Douglass, Du Bois and others, personal narratives and theoretical discourses.
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80 short biographies.

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Historical information and links.

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Profiles of prominent 19th-century black Americans.
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"Literature & Life" is a PBS Documentary and Web site based on the The Givens Collection of African-American Literature, a unique assembly of books, manuscripts, and other items found in the University of Minnesota Library's Special Collections/Rare books department. This vast and varied collection is culled from centuries of African-American literary art.
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Includes photos, interviews, and "a brief life history of Mary McLeod Bethune including her founding of the Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls" (now Florida's Bethune-Cookman College). Also features resources for teachers. From the Florida Memory Project.

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The Story of Africa tells the history of the continent from an African perspective.
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Includes slave narratives, lectures, travel accounts, political tracts, prose fiction, poetry, drama, religious and philosophicalliterature, compendia, journals, manifestoes and children's literature.

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A searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.

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An archive of television shows  documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives. The collection includes interviews, round-table discussions, field-produced features and artistic performances featuring African Americans, many of who are among the nation's most recognized and controversial figures, and provides the visual and audio context of key debates and discussions surrounding African American history, culture, and politics.