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Research African-American History Online

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Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into a subject or era through the Topic Centers.

Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines. An important feature is the full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases for an even more comprehensive view of history.

Subjects covered include:

  • Abolitionist Movement
  • Underground Railroad
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Great Black Migrations
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

Eras covered include:

  • Africa, Colonization, and the Slave Trade: Beginnings–1819
  • Compromise and Conflict over Slavery: 1820–1860
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1861–1876
  • Segregation, Migration and the Beginnings of Protest: 1877–1928
  • The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1940
  • World War II and the Start of Desegregation: 1941–1954
  • Civil Rights Protest and Progress: 1955–1971
  • Expansion of Opportunities: 1972–Present.