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HIS 221 - African-American History: Home

This course covers African-American history from the Colonial period to the present. Topics include African origins, the slave trade, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the civil rights movement, and contributions of African Americans.

Streaming Video for Black History



Banner for Kanopy's Black History collection 2023King in the Wilderness

Black Church from PBS

For more streaming video, try these databases.

Books about the Black American Experience

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1619 Project
african American Poetry
All American Boys
Cover from Black Voices from Reconstruction
Cover of the Harlem Shuffle
Sweetness of Water
All Boys Aren't Blue
Cover of Love Songs of WEB DuBois
Civil Rights Movement
Stamped from the Beginning
On Juneteenth
Carolina Built


Digital Library on American Slavery

The Digital Library on American Slavery is a project based at UNCG and focused on making primary sources about American Slavery accessible to all. The newest searchable database from this project is People Not Property and can accessed here.

People not Property slave deeds

Black Freedom Website

Civil Rights leaders in front of Lincoln Memorial

Black Freedom Struggle contains 1,600 primary source documents from the following time periods in American History.

  1. Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  2. The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  3. Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  4. The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  5. The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  6. The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)


Libby, by OverDrive

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle ereader (U.S. only)! It’s free and easy to get started for new users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users. Learn more at

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