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The Harvard guide to African-American history
Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks, 1945-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 923 pages ; 26 cm + 1 computer optical laser disc (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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E185 .H326 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E185 .H326 2001 Book and Software Set Black History Non-Circ

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This landmark guide covers research into every aspect of African-American life and work, offering a compendium of information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African-Americans' experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans.

The first part of the Guide contains 12 essays on historical research aids, from traditional archival and reference materials to the Internet. The second and largest part presents comprehensive and chronological bibliographies, prepared by John Thornton, Peter H. Wood, Gary B. Nash, Stephanie Shaw, Richard J. M. Blackett, Eric Foner, Leon F. Litwack, Joe W. Trotter, Jeffrey Conrad Stewart, Nancy L. Grant, Darlene Clark Hine, Clayborne Carson, John H. Bracey, Adam Biggs, and Corey Walker. The third part contains listings of resources on the special subjects of women, prepared by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; geographical areas; and autobiography and biography, prepared by Randall K. Burkett, Leon F. Litwack, and Richard Newman. A companion CD-ROM packaged with the book makes more than 15,000 bibliography entries available for computer searching.

Author Notes

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. He received a degree in history from Yale University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in 1979. He is a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. He began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. He rediscovered what is believed to be the first novel published by an African-American in the United States. He republished the 1859 work by Harriet E. Wilson, entitled Our Nig, in 1983.

He has written numerous books including Colored People: A Memoir, A Chronology of African-American History, The Future of the Race, Black Literature and Literary Theory, and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. In 1991, he became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university.

He wrote and produced several documentaries including Wonders of the African World, America Beyond the Color Line, and African American Lives. He has also hosted PBS programs such as Wonders of the African World, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This massive guide, sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University and compiled by renowned experts, offers a compendium of information and interpretation on over 500 years of black experience in America. The first section includes 12 essays on historical research aids divided by topics such as films, newspapers, Internet resources, primary sources on microform, government documents, manuscript collections, and oral history archives. The second section contains comprehensive bibliographies prepared by distinguished scholars such as John Thornton, Stephanie Shaw, Eric Foner, Nancy Grant, and Clayborne Carson and further subdivided into specific themes such as race relations, religion, color and class, politics and voting, urban conditions, and science and technology. The third section provides sources related to special subject matters: autobiographies of African Americans, studies identified by geographic region, and studies of African American women by editor-in-chief Higginbotham. This single volume is commendable for its bibliographies and directories of library collections; its lists of web sites, photo archives, and film repositories; its fast and easy retrieval (by subject and author index); and its overall vastness. In addition, there is a companion CD-ROM with over 15,000 bibliography entries available for computer searching. Although lacking extensive coverage of Africa and the Caribbean, this guide is ultimately an unparalleled authoritative reference tool to both print and nonprint resources on the experiences of people of African descent in America, making it an impressive complement to other reputable works such as Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (LJ 11/15/99). Highly recommended. Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

ForewordHenry Louis Gates
""On the Evolution of Scholarship in Afro-American History,""John Hope Franklin
I Historical Research Aids and Materials
1 BibliographyRichard Newman
2 Reference WorksBarbara A. Burg and Randall K. Burkett
3 Internet SourcesRaquel Von Cogell
4 Manuscript CollectionsEarl Lewis and Marya McQuirtir
5 Primary Sources on MicroformNathaniel Bunker
6 Newspapers and Selected PeriodicalsJames P. Danky
7 Gov