African American Literature
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1800s to present. This multi-interdisciplinary database provides full-text access to over 1,600 journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) may not be available.
Literary Reference Center
Includes criticism, biographies, bibliographies, articles, compare and contrast pages, full-text author's works, and reading lists.
MLA International Bibliography
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A comprehensive selection of peer reviewed humanities and social sciences journals. Access to complete content for more than 400 journals.
Literary Research Guide A guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.
Readers' Guide Retrospective Index to popular American magazines from 1890-1982.
Selected Web Sites
- Voice of the Shuttle: Minority Literatures: African American & Minority Studies: African American. These are both sprawling lists of linked resources (be prepared for broken links). In both, if you scroll down far enough you will also find online resources by individual--Frederick Douglass, Toni Morrison, etc..
- Voices from the Gaps: African Americans: Biographies, bibliographies, and Web links for a wide range of African American women writers, from the University of Minnesota.
- Literary Resources: American & American Authors on the Web are two of the more comprehensive American Literature sites left standing. In both, the coverage of African American writers is spotty, but you'll still find links of interest at each.
- The Black World: Research Tools. from the Schomburg Center at the New York Public Library, this is a premier gateway to digitalized resources for African American history. The Selected Sources for the 17th to 19th and 20th to 21st centuries should be particularly useful. And be sure to visit the Schomburg digitalized collection for African American Women Writers of the 19th Century.
- American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology: from the University of Virginia.
- African American LIterature in the United States 1734-1860: most of the links no longer work, but the timeline itself is still worth a look.
- Internet History Sourcebooks: from Fordham University, this site collects excellent primary sources available online. Most useful is the page of links for the American Civil War (including many antebellum and slavery documents), the page on US Domestic Politics (scroll down to the section on Racial Equality), and the page for Modern Social Movements (scroll down to Black Power).
- Library of Congress: American Memory African-American Odyssey (note the Quest for Full Citizenship materials, the slave narratives compiled by the Federal Writers' Project in the late 1930s, and the Frederick Douglass Papers): African-American Pamphlet Collection 1822-1909 (the Subject access here will be particularly helpful); Voices from the Days of Slavery (seven hours of audio recordings, from the 1930s to the 1970s).
- African American Perspectives 1818-1907: another pamphlet collection provides primary source material. Begin by clicking on Texts and be patient--the full text is still everal clicks away. And note the useful "Timeline of African American History 1852-1925."
- The African-American Mosaic: Online access to a Library of Congress exhibit, there isn't great depth of coverage here--but some interesting digitalized source documents.
- African American World: A PBS programming support site with an array of resources. Note the Arts & Culture category. And take a look at the Rise and Fall of Jim Crow site.
- Hutchens Center for African & African American Research: This Harvard Cneter site is worth poking around for the scattering of full text resources. Scroll down this main page for a view of all the associated institutes and publications.
Selected Ebook Titles
- Companion to African American Literature
- Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature
- Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
- The African American encyclopedia
- Historical statistics of Black America
- African American history in the press, 1851-1899 : from the coming of the Civil War to the rise of Jim Crow as reported and illustrated in selected newspapers of the time
- Greenwood encyclopedia of African American civil rights : from emancipation to the twenty-first century
- Historical dictionary of African American Theater
- Black literature criticism : excerpts from criticism of the most significant works of Black authors over the past 200 years
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