NU Library has just added a new database: African American Newspapers from Newsbank/Readex. It is a searchable collection of newspapers published by or for African-Americans from 1827-1998. (Note: You will be asked for your PurplePass login if accessing these links from off-campus.)
This is just the latest library resource that focuses on African-American history. Our others include:
- African American Historical Newspapers from Proquest
Includes The Chicago Defender (1910-1975) and New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993).
- Black Life in America
Covers the experiences and impact of African Americans from 1976-current day, as recorded by the news media.
- Historical African American Newspapers Available Online
A list from Marist College that links to freely-available newspaper back issues.
- Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories Collection On The Civil Rights Movement
Transcriptions of nearly 700 interviews with those who made history in the struggles for voting rights, against discrimination in housing, for the desegregation of the schools, to expose racism in hiring, and in defiance of police brutality.
- Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
Includes books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, legal documents, court records, monographs, manuscripts, and maps from many different countries. It covers a wide spectrum of topics related to the history of slavery.
- Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
Legal materials relating to the history of slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every federal, state, and colony statute on slavery, as well as all reported state and federal cases on the subject.
- "We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death": Freedom Riders in the South, 1961-1962
Documents from the FBI, including surveillance reports, chronologies, witness statements and more regarding the Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who challenged local laws/customs that enforced segregation in the South.