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Celebrate Black History Month

February 1 @ 8:00 am - February 28 @ 5:00 pm

Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month to honor the accomplishments of African Americans throughout U. S. History, highlighting their contributions to science, literature, art, politics, education, and more. To learn more, check out the African-American History Research Guide or the Library resources highlighted below.

African-American Experience is a large searchable database that provides information on topics as history, biography, literature, music, pop culture, folklore, business, slavery, civil rights, politics, and religion. The wealth of primary source documents in this database allow you to learn about the African American Experience from those who lived it.

Black Freedom Struggle provides primary source documents from six time periods in American History…

    • Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
    • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
    • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
    • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
    • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
    • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

African-American Poetry contains poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

Twentieth-Century African-American Poetry has 62 of the most important poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

Daily Life through History is an archive of everyday life in all areas of the world from ancient times to the present day as shown in reference articles, illustrations, posters, cultural and government documents, speeches, letters, and personal narratives.


February 1 @ 8:00 am
February 28 @ 5:00 pm
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