African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

The American Civil War, 1861-1865african american solider from library of congress collection 1863-65


"My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would save the Union."

- Abraham Lincoln, from a letter addressed to anti-slavery editor of the NT Times, Horace Greeley. Taken from the article U.S.Civil War: Did Slavery Cause the Civil War? 
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Featured Websites & Collections 

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

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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: "Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18" by Crash Course, 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: 

"[Unidentified young African American soldier in Union uniform with forage cap]" by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division is in the Public Domain, CC0

Malvasi, M. G., & Roberts, C. M. (2003). U. S. Civil War: Did Slavery Cause the Civil War? In M. G. Malvasi (Ed.), History in Dispute (Vol. 13, pp. 276-284). St. James Press.

Featured Books & eBooks

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