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Afro American Studies

A general guide to library research in Afro American Studies.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Based on the syllabus for AFROAM 701: Major Works in Afro-American Studies I, Fall 2012,  2014 & Fall 2015 and AFROAM 702: Major Works in Afro-American Studies II, Spring 2015 & 2016.

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Introducing Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives continues in its efforts to build around the Du Bois collection, adding other important printed and manuscript materials in African American history.

African American History Special Collections

Summer Readings

SUMMER 2014 READINGS

  • Kevin Gaines, African American History (pdf), in American History Now by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr
  • Gene Jarrett, Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature
  • Meier and Rudwick, Black History and the Historical Profession

Read one of the following survey texts:

  • Lerone Bennett, Jr., Before the Mayflower (any of last 2 or 3 editions)
  • ...., The Shaping of Black America
  • Mary Frances Berry and John W. Blassingame, Long Memory: the Black Experience in America
  • John Hope Franklin and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, From Slavery to Freedom
  • Darlene Clark Hine et al, African American Odyssey—any edition
  • James & Lois Horton, Hard Road to Freedom: the Story of African America
  • Deborah Gray White et al, Freedom On My Mind 

AFRO AM 701 List (Fall 2015)

Click here for FULL reference list of Afro Am 701 Major Works I readings in RefShare format. Once in RefShare list, click on the "Export" button to download to your own RefWorks account.

Books listed below in the order in which they appear on the syllabus.

AFRO AM 702 List (Spring 2016)

FULL reference list of Afro Am 702 Major Works II readings in RefShare format. Once in RefShare list, click on the "Export" button to download to your own RefWorks account.

Books listed below in the order in which theyappear on the syllabus.