African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

Emancipation & The Reconstruction EraFreedmen voting, new orleans 1867

"The Black Codes were a set of laws that bound blacks back to the fields following Reconstruction. The Black Codes required that blacks serve out labor contracts, often under their former masters. The purpose of these codes and Jim Crow was to maintain white supremacy, even to the extent that in all interactions blacks had with whites, it was mandatory they practice deference as a part of “proper” etiquette. The degradation of Jim Crow served not only to entertain whites by ridiculing blacks but also, more important, to economically exploit blacks."

- From "Jim Crow" in the Encyclopedia of Social Problems
(text and image " Freedmen voting in New Orleans "cited below, click image to enlarge)

Featured Websites & Collections 

Linked below are websites, online exhibits, and other digital collections with resources on topics related to African American history in the United States.

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Featured Videos

Linked below are videos both freely online through websites like YouTube or TED, as well as from the library's collection in such databases as Kanopy, Films on Demand, or Academic Video Online. Click or hover your cursor over the icon to learn more about each item.

Source: "Lynchings and Racial Violence during Reconstruction" by Equal Justice Initiative , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

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Featured Podcasts

Linked here are full podcasts or podcast episodes, as well as short audio recordings from news programs such as National Public Radio (NPR) and the like.

Sources used on this page: 

Civil Rights Movement, U.S. (2008). In W. A. Darity, Jr. (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 551-552). Macmillan Reference USA.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1867). Freedmen voting in New Orleans Retrieved from

Featured Books & eBooks

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Background Articles

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Linked below are articles that give a general overview of the topic, largely coming from subject-specific books or other reference sources. Find more articles like this by searching in Gale Ebooks, linked on the "Library Resources" tab of this guide.

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