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(Scope: Excludes correspondence, literary works, oral histories, slave narratives, memoirs, autobiographies, interviews, periodical articles, and collected works. Only the latest editions of titles are included.)


Antislavery movements.

Foner, Philip Sheldon, ed. Blacks in the American Revolution. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 1976. 215 p.

Newman, Richard, Patrick Rael and Philip Lapsansky, eds. Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American protest literature, 1790-1860. New York: Routledge. 2001. 326 p.

Ripley, C. Peter, ed. Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1993. 306 p.

Armed Forces.

Berlin, Ira, ed. The Black Military Experience. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1982. 852 p.

Berlin, Ira, Joseph P. Reidy and Leslie S. Rowland, eds. Freedom's Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1998. 192 p.

Nalty, Bernard C. and Morris J. MacGregor, eds. Blacks in the Military: Essential Documents. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources. 1981. 367 p.

Penn, Lisha B., comp. Records of Military Agencies Relating to African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2000. 162 p.

Black nationalism.

Moses, Wilson Jeremiah, ed. Classical Black Nationalism: From the American Revolution to Marcus Garvey. New York: New York University Press. 1996. 257 p.

Stuckey, Sterling.  The Ideological Origins of Black Nationalism.  Boston:  Beacon Press, 1972. 265 p.

Taifa, Nkechi, Viola Plummer and Chokwe Lumumba, eds.  De-colonization U.S.A : The Independence Struggle of the Black Nation in the United States Centering on the 1996 United Nations Petition.   Baton Rouge, LA: Malcolm Generation, 1997.  228 p.

Van Deburg, William L., ed.  Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan.  New York: New York University Press, 1997. 381 p.

Civil Rights Movement.

Blaustein, Albert P. and Robert L. Zangrando, eds. Civil Rights and the American Negro; A Documentary History. New York: Trident Press. 1968. 671 p.

Davis, Jack E., ed. The Civil Rights Movement. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. 2001. 314 p.

Levy, Peter B., ed. Let freedom ring: a documentary history of the modern civil rights movement. New York: Praeger, 1992. 275 p. Hardcover ed. published simultaneously under title: Documentary history of the modern civil rights movement.

Marable, Manning and Leith Mullings, eds. Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal: An African American Anthology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 1999. 643 p.

Meacham, Jon, ed. Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Random House. 2001. 561 p.

O'Reilly, Kenneth, ed.  Black Americans: the FBI Files.  New York: Carroll & Graf, 1994. 518 p.

Towns, W. Stuart.  "We Want Our Freedom": Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.  283 p.


Foner, Philip S. and James S. Allen, eds. American Communism and Black Americans: A Documentary History, 1919-1929. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1987. 235 p.

Foner, Philip S. and James S. Allen, eds. American Communism and Black Americans: A Documentary History, 1930-1934. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1991. 381 p.


Rowland, Leslie S. and Ira Berlin, eds. Families and Freedom: A Documentary History of African-American Kinship in the Civil War Era. New York: New Press. 1997. 259 p.

Taylor, Robert Joseph, James S. Jackson and Linda M. Chatters, eds.  Family Life in Black America.   Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997.  377 p.


Owen, Mary Alicia.  Voodoo Tales: As Told Among the Negroes of the Southwest. Collected From Original Sources. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.  310 p.

Harlem Renaissance.

Marks, Carole and Diana Edkins, eds. The Power of Pride: Stylemakers and Rulebreakers of the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Crown. 1999. 272 p.


Aptheker, Herbert, ed. A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States. 7 vols. New York: Citadel Press. 1951.

Boyd, Herb, ed. Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It. New York: Doubleday. 2000. 549 p.

Cain, Alfred E., ed. The Winding Road to Freedom; A Documentary Survey of Negro Experiences in America. 1965. Yonkers, NY:  Educational Heritage, 1965. 384 p.

Ducas, George with Charles Van Doren, eds. Great Documents in Black American History. New York: Praeger Publishers. 1970. 321 pp.

Dudley, William, ed. African Americans: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press. 1997. 320 p.

Dunn, Ernest, ed. Survey of the Black Experience in America and Abroad. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. 1996. 418 p.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation. The Negro in American History. 3 vols. Adler, Mortimer Jerome, ed. Chicago: W. Benton, 1969.

Finkenbine, Roy E., ed. Sources of the African-American Past: Primary Sources in American History. New York: Longman. 1997. 215 p.

Fishel, Leslie H. and Benjamin Quarles, eds. The Black American: A Documentary History. 3d ed. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman. 1976. 624 p.

Frazier, Thomas R., ed. Readings in African-American History. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/ Thomson Learning. 2001. 449 p.

Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown, eds. Major Problems in African-American History: Documents and Essays. Vol. 1. From slavery to freedom, 1619-1877. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 2000.

Katz, William Loren, ed. Eyewitness: The Negro in American History. 3rd. ed. New York: Pitman Pub. Corp., 1974. 604 p.

Meltzer, Milton, ed. In Their Own Words: A History of the American Negro. 3 vols. New York: Crowell. 1964-1967.

Romero, Patricia W., ed. I Too am America: Documents from 1619 to the Present. Rev. ed. Cornwells Heights, PA:  Publishers Agency under the auspices of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 1976. 304 p.

Turner, Darwin T. and Jean M. Bright, eds. Images of the Negro in America. Boston: D.C. Heath. 1965. 113 p.

Wade, Richard C. with Howard R. Anderson, eds. The Negro in American Life: Selected Readings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1965. 182 p.


Clark, Thomas Dionysius, ed. The South Since Reconstruction. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill. 1973. 612 p.

Cox, LaWanda and John H. Cox, eds. Reconstruction: The Negro, and the New South. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1973. 425 p.

Trotter, Joe W. and Earl Lewis, eds. African Americans in the Industrial Age: A Documentary History, 1915-1945. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1996. 316 p.

History--To 1863.

Berlin, Ira, ed. Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War. New York: The New Press. 1992. 571 p.

McPherson, James M., ed. The Negro's Civil War: How American Negroes Felt and Acted During the War for the Union. New York: Pantheon Books. 1965. 264 p.

Sterling, Dorothy, ed.  Speak Out in Thunder Tones: Letters and Other Writings by Black Northerners, 1787-1865.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday, 1973. 396 p.   

History--18th century.

Potkay, Adam and Sandra Burr Black, eds. Black Atlantic Writers of the Eighteenth Century: Living the New Exodus in England and the Americas. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. 1995. 268 p.

Labor unions.

Foner, Philip Sheldon and Ronald L. Lewis, eds. The Black Worker: A Documentary History from Colonial Times to the Present. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1978-.

v. 1. The Black worker to 1869.

v. 2. The Black worker during the era of the National Labor Union.

v. 3. The Black worker during the era of the Knights of Labor.

v. 4. The Black worker during the era of the American Federation of Labor and the railroad brotherhoods.

v. 5. The Black worker from 1900-1919.

v. 6. The era of post-war prosperity and the Great Depression, 1920-1936.

v. 7. The Black worker from the founding of the CIO to the AFL-CIO merger, 1936-1955.

Wilson, Joseph F., ed. Tearing Down the Color Bar: A Documentary History and Analysis of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989. 396 p.

Legal status, laws, etc.

Green, Robert P., Jr., ed. Equal Protection and the African American Constitutional Experience: A Documentary History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 2000. 342 p.


Lott, Tommy L., ed. African-American Philosophy: Selected Readings. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 2002.

Pinn, Anthony B., ed. By These Hands: A Documentary History of African American Humanism. New York: New York University Press. 2001. 339 p.

Politics and government.

Hilliard, David and Donald Weise, eds. The Huey P. Newton Reader. New York: Seven Stories Press. 2002.

Storing, Herbert J., ed.  What Country Have I? Political Writings by Black Americans. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1970.  235 p.

Wintz, Cary D., ed. African American Political Thought, 1890-1930: Washington, Du Bois, Garvey, and Randolph. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. 1996. 344 p.

Race relations.

Cooper, Anthony J., ed. The Black Experience, 1865-1978: A Documentary Reader. Dartford, England: Greenwich University Press. 1995. 432 p.

Grant, Joanne, ed. Black Protest: History, Documents, and Analyses: 1619 to the Present. 2d ed. New York: Ballantine Books, 1983. 576 p.

Hill, Robert A., ed.  The FBI's RACON: Racial Conditions in America During World War II. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995.  793 p.

McCluskey, Audrey T. and Elaine M. Smith, eds. Mary McLeod Bethune: Building A Better World: Essays and Selected Documents. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1999. 317 p.

Meier, August, Elliott Rudwick and Francis L. Broderick, eds. Black Protest Thought in the Twentieth Century. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co., 1985. 648 p.

Osofsky, Gilbert, ed. The Burden of Race: A Documentary History of Negro-White Relations in America. 1967. 654 p.

Sollors, Werner, Caldwell Titcomb and Thomas A. Underwood, eds. Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe. New York: New York University Press. 1993. 548 p.

Wilson, Sondra Kathryn, ed.  In Search of Democracy: The NAACP Writings of James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins (1920-1977).  New York: Oxford University, 1999.  524 p.

Race relations--New Jersey.

Price, Clement Alexander, ed. Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey: A Joint Project of the New Jersey Historical Society and the New Jersey Historical Commission. Newark, NJ: The Society, 1980. 334 p.

Race relations--Southern States.

Oldfield, J.R., ed. Civilization and Black Progress: Selected Writings of Alexander Crummell on the South. Charlottesville: Published for the Southern Texts Society by the University Press of Virginia, 1995. 265 p.


DuPree, Sherry Sherrod and Herbert C. DuPree, comps.  Exposed!!! : Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Unclassified Reports on Churches and Church Leaders.  Washington, DC: Middle Atlantic Regional Press, 1993. 65 p.

Fulop, Timothy E. and Albert J. Raboteau, eds. African-American Religion: Interpretive Essays in History and Culture. New York: Routledge. 1997. 467 p.

Wilmore, Gayraud S. and James H. Cone, eds. Black Theology: A Documentary History. 2nd ed., rev. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 1993. 2 vols.

Saint Louis (Mo.).

Early, Gerald, ed. Ain't but a Place: An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press: Distributed by University of Missouri Press, c1998. 1998. 515 p.


Austin, Allan D., ed.  African Muslims in Antebellum America: A Sourcebook.  New York: Garland Pub., 1984. 759 p.

King, Wilma, ed. Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 1997. 253 p.

Mullin, Michael, ed. American Negro Slavery: A Documentary History. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. 1976. 288 p.


Berlin, Ira, ed. The Destruction of Slavery. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1985. 1852 p.

Berlin, Ira, et al., eds. The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor. The Lower South. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1990. 937 p.

Berlin, Ira, et al., eds. The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Upper South. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1993. 775 p.

Speeches, addresses, etc.

Asante, Molefi K. The Voice of Black Rhetoric: Selections.  Smith, Arthur L. and Stephen Robb, eds.Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1971. 318 p.

Dunbar, Alice Moore, ed.  Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence: The Best Speeches Delivered by the Negro from the Days of Slavery to the Present Time.  New York: G.K. Hall, c1997. 512 p.

Foner, Philip S. and Robert J. Branham, eds. Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory, 1787-1900. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press. 1998. 925 p.

Halliburton, Warren J., ed. Historic Speeches of African Americans. New York: F. Watts. 1993. 192 p.

Hill, Roy L., ed.  Rhetoric of Racial Revolt. Denver, CO: Golden Bell Press, 1964. 378 p.

Logan, Shirley Wilson, ed. With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1995. 169 p.

O'Neill, Daniel J., ed.  Speeches by Black Americans. Encino, CA:  Dickenson Pub. Co., 1971.  274 p.

Straub, Deborah Gillan, ed. African American Voices. 2 vols. Detroit, MI: U X L. 1996.

Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches. Washington, DC: Bethune-DuBois Publications, 1991-.

Walker, Robbie Jean, ed.  The Rhetoric of Struggle: Public Address by African American Women. New York : Garland, 1992. 445 p.

Travelers' writings.

Griffin, Farah J. and Cheryl J. Fish, eds. A Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African-American Travel Writing. Boston: Beacon Press. 1998. 366 p.

Pettinger, Alasdair, ed.  Always Elsewhere: Travels of the Black Atlantic. London: Cassell, 1998. 300 p.


Gould, Virginia Meacham, ed. Chained to the Rock of Adversity: To be Free, Black & Female in the Old South. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. 1998. 96 p.

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. Black Women in the Nursing Profession: A Documentary History. New York: Garland. 1985. 165 p.

Ihle, Elizabeth L., ed. Black Women in Higher Education: An Anthology of Essays, Studies, and Documents. New York: Garland. 1992. 341 p.

Lawson, Ellen NicKenzie with Marlene D. Merrill, comps. The Three Sarahs: Documents of Antebellum Black College Women. New York: E. Mellen Press, 1984. 335 p.

Lerner, Gerda, ed. Black Women in White America; A Documentary History. New York: Pantheon Books. 1972. 630 p.

Winegarten, Ruthe, Janet G. Humphrey and Frieda Werden, eds. Black Texas Women: A Sourcebook: Documents, Biographies, Timeline. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. 1996. 339 p.

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