Resources & Links
Abolition 200, developed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in conjunction with the 24 Hour Museum with funding from Awards for All, is a portal for news of events and activities that commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Act to abolish the transatlantic slave trade on British ships. The website features a searchable database of events, news stories and a special area for teachers and schools. It also highlights funding opportunities for groups that wish to apply for National Lottery money to help fund their commemorative events and activities.
A House Divided is an online exhibition hosted by the Digital History website and is likely to be of interest to American History researchers up to undergraduate level. It is based on the book of the same name, written by the leading historians Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney and published by the Chicago Historical Society. The exhibition has been developed with sponsorship from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition explores the history of America immediately before, during and after the American Civil War, 1861–1865. Split into seven chapters, the exhibition discusses the history of slavery, the debate over the abolition of slavery and the tensions between the free and slave-holding states during the antebellum years, the war years, Reconstruction, and the effect the war had on politics and society. Also included is information about Abraham Lincoln and his family. The exhibition has a good balance of text and graphics, and cartoons, photographs, drawings, newspaper articles and pictures of artefacts are all used to illustrate the text.
The Africa Focus website, from the University of Wisconsin, makes freely available a wealth of primary and secondary materials relating to African studies. These include slides, images, recordings and rare texts relating to pre-colonial West Africa. The texts may be browsed by title and chapter, or searched via a free-text search engine. The texts are displayed as scalable digital images of each book page. Four of the works included were written before 1700, and have been translated into English by the late Paul Hair. These consist of: Andre Alvares de Almada, 'Brief Treatise on the Rivers of Guinea' (c.1594); Manuel Alvares, 'Ethiopia Minor and a Geographical Account of the Province of Sierra Leone'; Barbot's 'West African Vocabularies' (c.1680); and assembled 'Jesuit Documents on the Guinea of Cape Verde and the Cape Verde Islands, 1585–1617'. Three more recent works have also been digitised and added to the database: J. D. Fage, 'A Guide to Original Sources for Precolonial Western Africa Published in European Languages'; Adam Jones, 'Raw, medium, well done: a critical review of editorial and quasi-editorial work on pre-1885 European sources for Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960–1986'; and finally, Paul E. Lovejoy, 'Africans in bondage: studies in slavery and the slave trade: essays in honor of Philip D. Curtin on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of African Studies at the University of Wisconsin'. The early European accounts of the African peoples and cultures are particularly fascinating, and would be almost inaccessible to scholars without this website. It should provide a useful resource for anyone studying African history from the sixteenth century.
Africa South of the Sahara (History) is a guide to Internet resources relating to the history of sub-Sahara Africa. It is likely to be of interest to undergraduate researchers and above in history, geography and related disciplines. Resources have been filed under a wide range of headings including: afrocentrism; archaeology; censuses; colonial period; economic history; exploration; military history; religion; and slavery. There is also information about maps; libraries; discussion lists; courses; photographs; and museums. The site is part of the broader Africa South of the Sahara which includes a search engine and further information about the project. The site is maintained by Karen Fung, Africa Collection, Hoover Library, Stanford University.
African American History website charts Afro-American history from 1857 to the mid 1970s. The site is a useful resource for those interested in a broad overview of Afro-American people from the nineteenth century. The author documents an important selection of events beginning with the Dredd Scott case and culminating with school desegregation plans. One can navigate through the site by the contents page which is divided into five key periods: The Dredd Scott Case 1857; After the Civil War 1865–1900; Early Civil Rights Struggles 1945–1955; The Civil Rights Movements 1955–1965; and School Integration 1955–1975. The information given is mostly based on famous legal struggles throughout the period but also covers the broad themes of slavery and segregation including the infamous Montgomery Bus Boycott and anti-segregation sit-ins. The site includes a comprehensive bibliography for further references on the theme, as available when it was completed in 1998.
The website African American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century has been developed by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. The site provides a searchable database of African American women's writing during the period. It is possible to search by genre such as biography and autobiography, fiction or essays, or by author or title of work. The collection includes the first published book of poetry by an African American, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley (1773); the first book of essays by an African American, Essays by Ann Plato (1841); texts by writers such as Mary Prince and Harriet Jacobs that have become more widely-known in recent years, alongside writings by much lesser-known women. To support accurate attribution of the collection, the site also offers MLA-style citations for each of the texts in the collection. In addition to the online texts, the site provides detailed biographies of a number of women whose work figures in the collection. The site provides information on topics such as slavery and missionary work and would be of interest to historians working in a range of fields other than the history of female emancipation, black emancipation or women's writing.