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Black Freedom Essays

Professor Street Essay

FBI Files Enable Balanced Research on the Black Panther Party

Download Professor Joe Street's essay for perspectives and insights in the post-civil rights era.

Professor Arnesen Essay

A. Philip Randolph and the Writing of Civil Rights and Labor History

Download Professor Arnesen's essay to learn how he provides invaluable primary source information for more robust research and learning experiences.


Black Freedom On-Demand Webinars

Improving Outcomes with Content Diversity

Improving Outcomes with Content Diversity: Black History

Real examples and applications for researching black history.

Researching the Civil Rights Movement

Researching the Civil Rights Movement via History Vault 

See major collections of records from the most important organizations.

How Does the Past Inform Today

How Does the Past Inform Today?

Key primary source collections for research in social movements.


Black Freedom Presentations

March on Washington

1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Researching this pivotal event in History Vault.

Black Freedom - NAACP

History Vault: Black Freedom - NAACP

Research suggestions using Black Freedom and NAACP collections and Black Historical Newspapers.

Organizational Records

History Vault:
Organizational Records and Personal Papers

Featuring records of SNCC and CORE, two of the most important civil rights organizations of the 1950s and 1960s.


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The complete story, told through the writings of African Americans who shaped the global anti-slavery movement.


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Black Studies in Video

An award-winning portfolio that brings together seminal documentaries, powerful interviews, and previously unavailable archival footage surveying the Black experience.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture

A landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American Black leaders covering 250 years of history.


Black Freedom Struggle

History Vault: Black Freedom Stuggle in the 20th Century

First-hand perspectives of the most well-known and unheralded events.

Southern Life, Slavery and the Civil War

History Vault: Southern Life, Slavery and the Civil War

Includes the 2017 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army.


History Vault: NAACP Papers 

Nearly two million pages of records charting ground breaking efforts.


Historical Newspapers

Black Historical Newspapers

Primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts.



Black and African American History Ebooks

More than 58 titles on Black and African American History from key publishers.

American History in Video

Academic Video Online

The most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries, with more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas.