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Who should use this database?
Those looking for information on people and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.
What kinds of materials are referenced in the database?
The Oxford African American Studies Center provides more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes:
Africana, which presents a powerful account of the African and African American experience in five volumes.
The new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience from the arrival of the black explorer, Esteban, who arrived with the Spanish in 1527, to the death of Frederick Douglass.
A forthcoming companion set, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present, which offers the most extensive treatment of African American history into the twenty-first century and will be fully available online in 2009.
The fascinating three-volume Black Women in America, Second Edition, edited by Darlene Clark Hine.
The much-anticipated African American National Biography,ultimately offering over 6,000 biographies. New entries from this landmark work are continually added as part of the regular update program.
In addition to the full-text of these works, the Center draws on other key resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, theOxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other major reference titles. Over 1,300 images, primary sources with specially written commentaries, and nearly 150 maps have been collected to enhance this reference content. 150 charts and tables offer information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts.