Primary Sources for Black History Month

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States is a new collection of primary source documents detailing the history of African Americans from the 1790s to the 2000s, covering slavery, the abolitionist movement, the Jim Crow era, through the civil rights movement to the recent past. Documents include contemporary newspaper articles, diaries, correspondence, government publications, and more. Material is easily searchable by time period:

  • Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

This new resource from ProQuest is an excellent source of material for students of all ages, as well as those who want to learn more about our history as a nation through the words of those who lived it. It is available through the Digital Library.

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