New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of African American History

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 2nd, 2010

Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619 -1895 edited by Paul Finkelman, Oxford U. Press, 2006.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 305.896 F49A

Throughout three volumes this set discusses the history of African Americans from the earliest American settlements to the close of the nineteenth century corresponding with the death of Frederick Douglass. Entries focus on historical biography, politics, law, culture, religion, and economics.

Examples include: African Americans and the West, Black Seafarers, Haitian Revolutions, Hair and Beauty Culture, Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Helpful for: Humanities IV, American History, African American Studies, Social History

Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present edited by Paul Finkelman, Oxford U. Press, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 305.896 F49A

In five volumes and 1,250 entries, this set “reflects the trauma, tragedy, hope and accomplishments of black culture and life since 1896” (xxiii).  Entries focus on biography, politics, law, art, music, sport, entertainment, religion, and economics.

Examples include: Astronauts, Blaxploitation Films, Sean Combs, Family, Oprah, Railroad Segregation, and United Negro College Fund.

Helpful for: Humanities IV, American History, African American Studies, Social History

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