Afro Am 117: Survey of African American Literature IAfro Am 118: Survey of African American Literature IIAfro Am 133: Afro-American History, Civil War to 1954Afro Am 170/171: The Multicultural Experience in American Life and CultureAfro Am 188: Introduction to African American LiteratureAFRO AM 222 Black Church In AmericaAfro Am 236: History of the Civil Rights MovementAfro Am 290c/753: The BluesAfro Am 331: The Life and Writings of W.E.B. Du BoisAfro Am 365: Composition: Style and Organization (Junior Year Writing)Afro Am 391A: The Political Thought of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.Afro Am 491C: Cuba: A Social HistoryAfro Am 605/History 797S: African Americans and the Movement to Abolish SlaveryAfro Am 652/234: Literature of the Harlem RenaissanceAfro Am 691C: Historiographical Methods in Afro-American StudiesAfro Am 692G: African American Women's NarrativeAfro Am 701 & 702: Major Works in Afro American StudiesEnglish 891BB: African American Women PlaywrightsHistory 494T: Rethinking the Civil Rights MovementHistory 591FG: First Generation-Urbanism and Breaking Baseball's Color BarrierHistory 593K: African Americans in Antebellum New EnglandHistory 594Z: Black Women’s Political ActivismJournalism 395M: The African American Freedom Struggle and the Mass MediaAFROAM 494DI: The W.E.B. Du Bois Senior SeminarAfro Am 692U: Dynamics of Race and the LawAfro Am 691C: Historiographical Methods in Afro-American StudiesAfro Am 297A: Black Springfield MattersBlack Women Suffragists
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Titles recently acquired in the Five College Libraries, on African American history.




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  • African American Biographical Database
    Full-text books on African American lives and culture.
  • African American Newspapers: The 19th Century  
    Seven nineteenth-century African American newspapers in full text, including advertising, 1827-1902.
  • African American Song
    Audio database which documents African American music, including jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, from the Document Records label. Browse by category of music, region, genre, instrument, artist, ensemble, and time period. A playli
  • America: History and Life
    Citations and abstracts for journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews relating to United States and Canadian history. Citations can exported directly to RefWorks.
  • Black Studies Center  
    Combines several resources for research in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), The Chicago Defender, and the Black Literature Index.
  • Black Thought and Culture
    Contains hundreds of sources authors which includes the nonfiction published works of leading African Americans. Includes many writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Full-text articles from the newspapers, magazines and journals of ethnic communities in the United States. Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
  • Historical Pittsburgh Courier
    The leading newspaper of the African American community in twentieth-century U.S. Covers 1911-2002.
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