Publication Date

August 6, 2007

Thematic

African American, Archives

BlackPast.org, led by University of Washington Professor and former AHA Council member Quintard Taylor, contains an abundance of resources on African American history. This site features an online encyclopedia containing 800 plus entries, transcripts of speeches from 1789 to 2004, collections of links and info on hundreds of other resources, and so much more.

Peruse the Digital Archives and find links, separated by state, to sites like the Library of Congress exhibition “Voices of Civil Rights;” the Booker T. Washington papers from University of Illinois Press; and Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music & Culture. Visit the Timeline section of the site for breakdowns of African American history for each century. And check out the Perspectives on African American History for personal accounts and articles on events like the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, the rise of hip hop in Eastern Europe, and a lynching in Obion County, Tennessee.

With so much quality information in one place, this site just might be justified in calling itself “the ‘Google’ of African American history.”

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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