Explore the following resources to expand your knowledge of the African-American experience, in every era of our nation's history.
This Library of Congress site features several collections of text and pictures about the African-American experience, including The Frederick Douglass Papers, Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, and Slaves and the Courts.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
Full electronic versions of fiction, poetry, essays and biography from African-American women writers. Includes The Narrative of Sojourner Truth.
Africans in America
The story of how Africans came to and lived in the New World, from 1450 through 1865.
The Association of African American Museums
This site features a directory of African-American-themed museums as well as a digital gallery of holdings from those museums.
Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War
A recounting of how African-American spies helped the Union turn the tide against the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project
More than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and, 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves, collected between 1936 and 1938.
Database of African-American Poetry
Over 2,500 poems from African-American writers, spanning from the 1760s through 1900.
The Harlem Renaissance
This site samples much of the art, prose and poetry that flowered in Harlem during the 1920s and 30s.
The History of Jim Crow
A multimedia examination of segregation in the South from the 1870s through the 1960s.
Martin Luther King Papers Project: Popular Requests
Online versions of King's most well-known speeches and essays, including the "I Have a Dream" speech and "Letter From Birmingham Jail."
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
A tour of important buildings, homes and locations in the struggle for civil rights in America.