Facts on File African American History

Vendor: Infobase

African-American History features thousands of cross-referenced entries, covering the entire spectrum of African American history.

Exploring more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History Online offers many exciting features, including more than 85 historical videos that bring history to life. The extensively hyperlinked entries in this comprehensive database include subject entries, primary sources, images and videos, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies, maps and charts, and more. Culled from many of Facts On File's critically acclaimed print titles, this database provides students and researchers with a wealth of quality, authoritative content.

African-American History Online boasts a highly accessible, user-friendly interface. Unique Learning Centers pull forward handpicked entries within each major era of African-American history, serving as ideal starting points for research. Users can search for entries by keyword or phrase or browse by topic and by time period—from eight historical periods relevant specifically to African-American history. In addition, Biographies can be browsed by occupation and Primary Sources by type. Full citations are available throughout, and users can print, copy, and save to a folder all content for personal use. Quotations linked to specific biographies are also included, as well as W.E.B. DuBois's Exhibit of American Negroes in the Primary Sources section.


  • Biographies: biographies, many with links to select quotes from the subject
  • Events and Topics: entries on topics such as court cases and legislation; key social, literary, and artistic movements; daily life and living conditions; important organizations; themes; and more
  • Primary Sources: excerpts and full texts of primary source documents with brief introductions
  • Timelines: a general timeline of more than 500 years of African-American history, updated monthly; plus timelines of slavery in America, the civil rights movement, and the Harlem Renaissance
  • Images and Videos: scores of historical videos, with captions, covering such themes as civil rights, politics, sports, and the arts; hundreds of historical images, with explanatory captions
  • Overview Era Essays: overview essays outlining time periods
  • Maps and Charts: original maps, charts, and tables with captions
  • Learning Centers: specially selected entries on different eras of African-American history to help users find a starting point for their research
  • Special Features: a “Focus On” feature providing an in-depth look at a key topic such as the Harlem Renaissance; an “Editor's Selection of the Month” highlighting an event tied to each month
  • The Exhibit of American Negroes, Paris 1900: a reconstruction of highlights from an exhibit at the 1900 Paris World's Fair by W.E.B. DuBois.

More information is available at Facts on File African American History

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