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African-American Milestones
Volume 11, Issue 3 - October 2008

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This month's topic:

African-American Milestones

Consider the possibilities for your students.....

A&E Biography
Forty-five minute biography of Obama available by streaming-video online; requires high bandwidth Internet connection to play the documentary smoothly in your browser.

African-American Mosaic
The Library of Congress hosts this rich collection of digitized resources on African-American culture including personal stories that help to bring history to life.

Africans in America
This online resource based on the PBS television series includes images, documents, personal stories, biographies, and commentaries, including a Teacher's Guide for those sharing the video of the series in class.

African-American World
WNET in New York produced this collection of people, places and events including additional pages for kids, teachers and your local community.

The Amistad Trials of 1839 - 1840
Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School developed this detailed look at the infamous trial that intensified the conflict between north and south leading up to the Civil War.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
More than 1,000 annotated images presented by The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. See also and

The Black Past
Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington at Seattle leads a team of volunteers who maintain this online reference of thousands of pages of African-American history.

Blacks in the Civil War
Colorado College offers this succinct overview and excellent links covering the African-American experience during the war between the states. See also and

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Part of the National Archives' Teaching With Documents series, this lesson offers primary source documents and suggested lesson activities for studying this historic legislation.

Civil Rights Digital Library
The University of Georgia Libraries bring together this fully searchable multimedia archive of significant figures, locations and events including a nice collection of teaching materials.

Civil Rights Documentation Project
Oral and written histories of the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi including a graphic interactive timeline that follows the struggle from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Collection Connections: African-American Perspectives
An extension of the Web presentation "African-American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907" offering instructional ideas for the classroom.

Colonial Williamsburg: The African-American Experience
One of the premier web sites on colonial American history hones in on the African-American population of the 1700s, including primary source materials, biographies and articles.

Duluth Lynchings
Probe of the practice of lynching focusing on one event eighty-eight years ago in Duluth, Minnesota in which three African-American men were taken from a jail and hung by a mob for the alleged rape of a white woman. See also

Greensboro Sit-Ins
The Greensboro News & Record, in cooperation with Greensboro Public Library, developed and presents this multimedia presentation of this historic event that helped define the Civil Rights movement.

Harlem History
Columbia University presents this look at the emerging African-American culture from this famous New York City neighborhood, including history, politics and the arts.

Harper's Magazine: African-American Politicians
Seven articles covering the evolving role of African-Americans in government from Civil War Reconstruction through Barack Obama. Images and transcripts available; some require subscription to Harper's.

In Pursuit of Freedom and Equality: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research presents this look at the historic 1954 Supreme Court decision, including a powerful online exhibit and tour.

List of African-American Firsts
Wikipedia presents this timeline of hotlinks presenting African-American accomplishments from first author Jupiter Hammon in 1761 all the way up to Tyler Perry acquiring a TV and movie studio in 2008.

National Register of Historic Places
The National Parks Service offers this online collection of featured properties, travel itineraries and lessons that extend these digital primary sources into your curriculum.

Plessy v. Ferguson
Wikipedia presents this examination of the background, court case and resulting implications for African-Americans being treated as "separate but equal" in post-Civil War America.

Quilting Traditions
Presented by the University of Virginia, this site shares the time-honored tradition of southern quilt-making and its connection to the people and stories of the old south.

Remembering Jim Crow
American RadioWorks presents this three part audio recording and written transcript documenting and discussing the treatment of African-Americans in the post-Civil war south.

Reporting Civil Rights
The Library of America offers this interactive timeline of journalists and their work as they document the Civil Rights movement from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Sampling African America
Continually hosted and updated by the AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer, this is a well-designed and nicely written online lesson that offers perspective and insight into African-American history.

Tangled Roots
Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition hosts this examination of the common experience of Irish- and African-Americans beginning in Barbados in the 1600s.

Virginia Emigrants to Liberia
In the 1800s close to 4,000 African-Americans left Virginia to colonize the new colony of Liberia in west Africa. This site shares their stories through tables of both emancipators and emigrants.

Voices of Civil Rights
A wonderful collection of multimedia resources presented jointly by the American Association for Retired Persons, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Library of Congress.

Voting Rights Act of 1965
This quality examination of the original Voting Rights Act document presented by the National Archives and Records Administration including document images, transcripts, and high-resolution downloads.

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