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U.S. History: Perspectives: African American History

LIttle Rock, Arkansas: virtual exhibit

Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents "In Motion"

African Americans in motion - from slave trade to migrations throughout history

Lost Friends

The "Lost Friends" column, from the newspaper  Southwestern Christian Advocat in New Orleans in 1877. It was published and distributed throughout the South to thousands of subscribers. The column "Lost Friends"  featured messages from folks who were looking for loved ones impacted by slavery. Share these letters ito meet a variety of lesson goals.  

PBS: Africans in America

America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts. Each era includes: 
historical narrative
documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries
and a teacher's guide for using the content of the website and television series in U.S. history courses.

The Martin Luther King Jr Research & Ed'n Institute

Library of Congress... African American Mosaic

Oxford African American Studies Center

The Black Curch of the South

Covers a wide variety of images. Check out "Miss Button's Dressmaking Class" from:

National Park Service

Discover how events happen in places...

Freedom Summer

Slavery / from the Memorial Art Gallery of the U. of Rochester


From the Memorial Art Gallery, these link directly to a wide variety of slave narratives, papers, diaries and publications.

Federal Writer's Project: Slave Narrative Project

Images and transcripts of interviews with those who had been enslaved can be powerful voices for study. These transcripts may be difficult to read not only because of language, but because of story. Take some time with students to investigate the stories within this WPA project. The collection, held at the Library of Congress covers many states and the stories are vast. 

Begin with this highlight page: VOICES AND FACES FROM THE COLLECTION to help students accustom themselves to the way people spoke by highlighting unfamiliar words. Then dig into the story. Students can illustrate (think: graphic novel style) the stories, or place them on a timeline and/or map to show the diversity as well as the similarity of experiences across the country.