The following list is representative of the library collection, but is not comprehensive.
Searching on subject headings in the library catalog can be tricky. "African American history" as a search is too broad. Try these searches to get you started:
- African American abolitionists
- African American activists
- African American scientists
- African American pilots
- African American businesspeople
- African American judges
- African American art
- African American folktales
- Primary sources in Black history
- Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration
- The Encyclopedia of African American Military History
- African Americans at War: an Encyclopedia
- Encyclopedia of African American business
- Encyclopedia of African American Business History
- Black women in America (online)
- Encyclopedia of Black Comics
- Great Lives from History: African Americans (access in Salem Online)
Knoxville and Tennessee
- The History of Blacks in Knoxville, Tennessee: the first one hundred years, 1791-1891
- Two hundred years of Black culture in Knoxville, Tennessee: 1791 to 1991
- Diary of a sit-in (rare book collection, does not circulate)
- Trial and triumph: essays in Tennessee's African American history
- Anatomy of four race riots: racial conflict in Knoxville, Elaine (Arkansas), Tulsa, and Chicago, 1919-1921
- With all deliberate speed: the story of school desegregation in Knoxville, Tennessee
See even more on the subject African Americans -- Tennessee -- History.
Documentary and data sources
- The Chicago Defender (1909–1975) is an important source of primary documentation; find it in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database.
- African American Historical Serials Collection (1829–1922) documents religious life and culture; primary sources include newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies.
- Historical statistics of Black America
- African American history in the press, 1851-1899
- Slavery in America: from colonial times to the Civil War
- Freedom on my mind: the Columbia documentary history of the African American experience
- Legacy : treasures of Black history
- Women and slavery in America : a documentary history
- The African American experience : Black history and culture through speeches, letters, editorials, poems, songs and stories
- The long walk to freedom : runaway slave narratives
- The Black Panthers : portraits from an unfinished revolution
- Letters from Black America
- A renaissance in Harlem : lost voices of an American community
- The face of our past : images of Black women from colonial America to the present
- Historic speeches of African Americans
- The Black military experience
- The Invisible soldier : the experience of the Black soldier, World War II
- Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S. – Expertly selected open primary source documents include historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history, supporting a wide range of students.
- BlackPast.org – Covers Black history with a vast array of resources such as encyclopedia entries, full text primary documents, major speeches of black activists and leaders, historical timelines, research guides and lesson plans.
- Digital Schomburg (Center for Research in Black Culture) – Exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
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