A Selection of African-American History Web Sites
The past is never dead. Its not even past.
William Faulkner

Avalon Project at Yale Law School
African American Biography, Autobiography, and History. A searchable database with complete copies of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech,"  Frederick Douglass' My Bondage and Freedom, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, and Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington..

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
This database has information about almost 36,000 slaving voyages between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. You can search for particular voyages or names of Africans captured in slaving raids. 

In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
An interesting approach to the creation of new African American communities resulting from the migration experiences: transatlantic slave trade, runaway slaves, Haitian immigration, northern migration, domestic slave trade, Great Migration (1916-1930), Second great Migration (1940-1970) and more. The site include a large number of images and maps.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This PBS site has useful timelines, interviews and personal narratives, and links to important legislation and events that shaped segregation in America. 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Links include: 19th Century Women Writers, 19th Century Images, Online Exhibitions and others

African American Collection
Sections include "Photo Tour of the Civil Rights Movement," "Black History: Exploring African-American Issues on the Web," "History," "The African-American Mosaic" (Library of Congress), "The Internet African American History Challenge" (a black history quiz), and "Biographical Profiles of Some Important 19th Century African Americans." (Sponsorship of this site not given.)

African-American Mosaic Exhibition
The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. This is an online guide to an ongoing exhibit at the library. Includes text and pictures from the exhibit.

Mississippi State University African American History Archive
The Mississippi State University African American History Archive is a great place to start for pointers to African-American history sites, as well as an excellent repository of African-American history primary documents. The site is divided into 3 sections: articles, e-books and links. Each section has a great diversity of information and the site makes for interesting browsing.

The Frederick Douglass Papers
Part of the American Memory collection, this site contains more than 2000 items including 1600 images concerning "Douglass's life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant."

Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection
This collection, a part of the Library of Congress American Memory site, presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.

Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project 1936 - 1938
More than 2300 first person accounts of slavery and 500 images. Database is searchable keyword, state, and name. You might also look at the  Voices from the Days of Slavery.

Martin Luther King Papers Project
"The Martin Luther King Papers Project," an on-line archive at Stanford University of primary documents written during King's life and secondary documents written about him. Links to articles, biographical material, a chronology of events, and the full text of some of his speeches. Also, information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

African American Bibliography: History.
Developed by the University of the State of New York, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Library.

Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts
The publication, edited by Michael Plunkett, has the distinction of being the first book published on the Internet by a university press. In addition to detailed descriptions of the holdings of twenty-six collections in Virginia, this guide includes 18 historical photographs and images of key manuscripts.

Third Person, First Person
Subtitle, is "Slave Voices From The Special Collections Library Broadside Collection, Special Collections Library, Duke University." Based on an exhibit at Perkins Library, Duke University, in November and December, 1995.

American Slave Narratives
Developed by the University of Virginia, brings to the Internet transcripts of interviews conducted in the 1930s by writers employed by the Works Progress Administration. The material here represents a small sample of the 2,300 interviews conducted by the WPA writers. The complete transcripts are available in printed form in The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, edited by George P. Rawick (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972-79). For a more complete list of narratives you might want to look at  American Memory or DocSouth.

Documenting the American South

This is a great site for primary documents and researching everyday life of slaves. Sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, DAS is "a collection of sources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century." More than 1,000 books and manuscripts dealing with slavery, literature, education, and religion in the South are divided into categories that include: First-Person Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; North American Slave Narratives; The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865; The Church in the Southern Black Community; and The North Carolina Experience, Beginnings to 1940

Other Great Migrations: African-Americans in the West

Part of a larger site, WestWeb, developed by Catherine Lavender, Professor of History, Staten Island College, CUNY. Includes primary source texts, secondary source texts, bibliographies, and images.

Quarterly Black Review of Books
The Quarterly Black Review of Books is a site that reviews the latest in black fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's books. It also includes a feature section, as well as a guide to black classics by author, a listing of works of significant black writers including W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker.

Negro Leagues Baseball
Takes one back in time to the other side of the "American Pastime." You might also want to look at another useful site on the Negro Baseball Leagues

National Civil Rights Museum Web Site
Basic information about the museum, located in the Lorraine Motel, Memphis. Among the more useful sections: "Virtual Tour," and "About the Museum." Also has a link to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. You might also want to look at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Black Facts Online
At this site, produced by Inner City Software, one can look up black history facts for every day of the year, perform full-text searches for black history information, find out what black people were born on one's birthday, etc. Claims to be "Your Internet Resource for Black History Information."

The History Channel: Celebrating Black History Month
Links to many biographical articles plus a special feature on the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny of 1944."

Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery
Based on the PBS series of the same name. There are four topics: "The Terrible Transformations," "Revolution," "Brotherly Love," and "Judgment Day." Each topic is subdivided into a narrative section, a resource bank, and a teacher's guide. The resource bank is divided into "People and Events," Historical Documents," and "Modern Voices" (interpretive essays).

Harriett Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Text of this famous memoir, plus other information about Jacobs, her times, slavery, etc.

Boston Abolitionists 1831-1865
This site includes 7 different sections which include useful manuscripts, photos, issues of William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and other interesting artifacts.