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Research Guide to African American Studies: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching African American history and culture


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These are open-access websites:

The African American Mosaic
A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture

African American Studies Virtual Resource Center
Designed to facilitate your study of African-American studies themes and topics in a wide variety of courses at AACC

American Memory: African American History
Online collections from the Library of Congress, including the online exhibit African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race
Articles and webcasts from Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research
Official website for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

​PBS: Africans in America
A collection of images, documents, stories, biographies and commentaries depicting America's journey through slavery

Race - The Power of an Illusion
The online companion to California Newsreel's three-part documentary about race in society, science, and history

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Includes online exhibitions and digital archives from the New York Public Library

Voices of Civil Rights
Joint project of AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all

TED Talk

Nate Silver: Does race affect votes?

Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance (9:14). 

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