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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.

Celebrate Black History with the Library!

Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month to honor the accomplishments of African Americans throughout U. S. history, highlighting their contributions to science, literature, art, politics, education, and more. Visit our Black History and Medicine page to learn more about the challenges to access and education faced by Black doctors and nurses in American history. Check out some of the Library resources below to learn more. 

Films on Demand for Black History


King in the Wilderness

Talking Black in AmericaBlack Church from PBS

For more streaming video, try these databases.

Books about the Black American Experience

Black Freedom Website

Civil Rights leaders in front of Lincoln Memorial

In Black Freedom Struggle, there are 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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Laurie Robb
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Instructional Librarian
South Campus, 8am-5pm