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African-American newspapers and periodicals : a national bibliography
Danky, James Philip, 1947-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxxv, 740 pages ; 29 cm.
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Includes indexes.
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PN4882.5 .A37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." These words are from the front page of Freedom's Journal , the first African-American newspaper published in the United States, in 1827, a milestone event in the history of an oppressed people. From then on a prodigious and hitherto almost unknown cascade of newspapers, magazines, letters, and other literary, historical, and popular writing poured from presses chronicling black life in America.

The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography of over 6,000 entries is the indispensable guide to the stories of slavery, freedom, Jim Crow, segregation, liberation, struggle, and triumph.

Besides describing many new discoveries--from church documents to early civil rights ephemera, from school records to single-mother newsletters, from artists' journals to labor publications--this work informs researchers where and how to find them (for example, through online databases, microfilm, or traditional catalogs).

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This guide provides information about 6500 African American periodicals, from the publication of Freedom's Journal in 1827 to present-day publications ranging from West Harlem Environmental Action's Uptown Eye to Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters and Voorhees College's Southern Voice. Drawing from the work of Wisconsin's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals Bibliography Project (1989-98), DankyÄthe periodicals librarian at the State Historical Society of WisconsinÄhas compiled information about periodicals published between 1827 and 1998. Arranged alphabetically by running title, entries list the frequency of publication, current editor and editorial address, subscription rates, publisher, previous editors, variations in title and place or frequency of publication, indexing; ISSN, LC card number, OCLC control number, subjects, and holdings. Indexes are arranged by writing genres, subjects, editor's names, publisher's names, and state. There is also a thoughtful introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr. For larger collections with interests in publishing and African American studies.ÄElizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Impressive and authoritative, this annotated bibliography describes more than 6,000 African American newspapers and periodicals. Entries are alphabetized by title and provide full bibliographic descriptions including publication dates, frequency, place of publication, number of pages, height, editors, title changes where applicable, subject focus, and selected holding libraries. Useful indexes help locate titles by subject or features, editors, or publishers; a geographic index organizes entries by state and by selected countries including Canada, China, England, and Germany. Microfilm sources are cited, along with a guide to holding libraries. The bibliography has been meticulously prepared and is based on publications the editors were able to identify, locate, and personally examine. A moving introduction by Danky describes the project, and how the collecting habits of libraries have not always worked toward the identification, collection, and preservation of African American publications. The resulting work is a remarkable labor of love and an invaluable contribution to American history, African American studies, and reference resources. It belongs in the reference collections of all academic and public libraries. S. A. Vega Garcia; Iowa State University

Table of Contents

ForewordHenry Louis Gates Jr. Brief
History of the Project
How to Use the Bibliography
Guide to Indexes
Guide to Libraries
Microfilm Sources
Data Listings
IntroductionJames P. Danky
Subject and Feature Index
Editors Index
Publishers Index
Geographic Index