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Black History Internet Resources and Suggested Readings

Christy Tabors

This page contains links to web sites outside of Tarleton.

The links are provided as a convenience for research.

Tarleton has no control over, and is not responsible for the content found on external sites.

Please contact the subject-specialist librarian if you have research questions, would like library instruction, or have material purchase requests.

Christy Tabors
Reference Department - Office 110C
phone: 254-968-1895

Help is also available by using the Ask a Librarian page, emailing at, calling (254) 968-9249, or coming into the library.

Black History Subcategories:


African American History - Annotated list of links to web sites covering African American history from the University of Washington.

American Memory Project - (Library of Congress American Folklore Center) Former slaves tell their stories.

Black History Month - Information about Black History Month from the U.S. Department of State which includes a link to the most current Black History Month.

In Motion: the African American Migration Experience - (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library) Focuses on the self motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds.

King Center - was established in 1966 by Coretta Scott King dedicated to advance the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NAACP - Web Site for the National Association for Colored People.  Important historical and general information.


African American Mosaic - Resource guide from the Library of Congress for the study of African American history.

Africans in America - Excellent PBS site that follows the story of slavery in America through biographies, narratives, images, documents, and commentaries.

Infoplease Black History Month Guide -Guide to many aspects of African American and history and culture.

New York Times Black History Month Guide- This guide is helpful for teachers of K-12 grades for lesson plans.

Poynter Institute Guide for Black History Month- Excellent guide that includes biographies of Black Press figures.



African American Odyssey - Exhibit from the Library of Congress that covers 200 years of struggle from slavery to the fight for full citizenship.

Archives of African American Music and Culture - This web site from Indiana University is dedicated to the dissemination of information about African American music and culture.

Celebrate! Black History Month - Exhibit from the History Channel.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - This New York Public Library site includes online exhibits, digital sources and guides.

Smithsonian: African American History and Culture- Links from the Smithsonian Institution for African American history and exhibits.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project - This site at Stanford University includes speeches, papers, articles, and other primary and secondary historical items about Dr. King.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute - provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate's life and the movements he inspired. The Institute's endowment supports programs that serve as an enduring link between Stanford's research resources and King's dream of global peace with social justice.


Black History Month Resources - A list of links from Tennessee Technical University.

Reference Books

The New York Public Library African American desk reference. -  REF E185 .N57 1999

Encyclopedia of African American culture and history. - REF E185 .E54 1996 v. 1-5. 

Encyclopedia of African American Society. - REF E185 .E546 2005 v. 1-2.

African American historic places  -  REF E185.A2534 1994

African-American firsts : famous, little-known and unsung triumphs of Blacks in America   - REF E185.96.P68

General stacks and periodicals

African American life in the rural South, 1900-1950 [electronic resource] - eBook - E185.6 .A257 2003 EB

The Black Arts Movement : literary nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s. - PS153.N5 S56 2005

Creating their own image : the history of African-American women artists. - N6538.N5 F27 2005

Freedom's sword : the NAACP and the struggle against racism in America , 1909-1969. - E185.5.N276 J66 2005

I am a man! : race, manhood, and the civil rights movement. - E185.61 .E76 2005

No coward soldiers : Black cultural politics and postwar America - E185.6 .M3625 2005

The civil rights revolution : events and leaders, 1955-1968. - E185.61 .S315 2004

Liberation historiography [electronic resource] : African American writers and the challenge of history, 1794-1861 [electronic resource] -ebook - E184.65 .E76 2004 EB

Race, culture, and the intellectuals, 1940-1970. - E185.61 .K557 2004

Black power : radical politics and African American identity. - E185.615 .O34 2005

Rip it up : the Black experience in rock'n'roll. - ML3534 .R54 2004

Check it while I wreck it : Black womanhood, hip hop culture, and the public sphere. - E185.86 .P666 2004

Festivals of freedom : memory and meaning in African American emancipation celebrations, 1808-1915. - E453 .K33 2003

Generations of captivity : a history of African-American slaves. - E441 .B47 2003

The Negro leagues, 1869-1960. - GV875 .N35 H43 2003

The Journal of African American history. [serial]

Claiming kin : confronting the history of an African American family - E185.97 .S38 2002

"Face Zion forward" : first writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798 - PS647 .A35 F47 2002

Out of sight : the rise of African American popular music, 1889-1895. - ML3479 .A2 2003

Black Texas women : 150 years of trial and triumph. - E185.93.T4 W55 1995

Black Texas women : a sourcebook : documents, biographies, timeline. - E185.93.T4 W56 1996

Black pioneers : images of the Black experience on the North American frontier. - E185.925 .R38 1997

African American literary criticism, 1773 to 2000. - PS153.N5 A33 1999

African American music : an introduction. - ML3556 .S87 1998

The origins of African American literature, 1680-1865. - PS153 .N5 B78 2001

American patriots : the story of Blacks in the military from the Revolution to Desert Storm. - E185.63 .B93 2001