Alexandria Library, Special Collections: Guide to African-American Resources: General/Reference


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Genovese, Eugene D.   Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Vintage Books, 1972. Genovese's volume covers all aspects of slave life, including food, clothing, resistance efforts, family life, naming, language, work ethic, religion, and miscegenation in this useful social history. 917.506 Gen

Gutman, Herbert G.   The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom: 1750-1925. New York: Vintage Books, 1976. Gutman wrote this book to debunk the idea that black families (slave and recently-freed) lacked a strong, two-parent foundation. The book examines census information, naming patterns, domestic arrangements and kin networks, and attitudes about family, marriage and sex among blacks. 306.85 Gut

Hadden, Sally E.   Slave Patrols. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2001. Hadden discusses the development and the use of slave patrols, groups of white citizens who banded together to enforce slave laws and codes, in Virginia and South Carolina. 326.0975 Had

Henritze, Barbara K.   Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, Inc., 1995. List of over 5000 African-American newspapers organized by state, with city, publication dates and publication frequency. 071.3 Hen

Hodges, F. Holly, compiler.   Guide to African-American Manuscripts in the Collection of the Virginia Historical Society. Richmond: The Society, 1995. A list of approximately 250 manuscript collections held by the Virginia Historical Society that contain information about African-Americans. A summary of each collection, with details on the relevant content, is provided. 011.31 Vir

Hornsby, Alton Jr.   Chronology of African-American History: Significant Events and People From 1619 to the Present. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1991. Describes important events in African-American history, beginning in 1619 when the first slaves were brought to Virginia. The volume focuses more on recent events (the years 1619-1876 are covered in 46 pages), but it provides a good overview of the course of black history. 973.0496 Hor

Loth, Calder, ed.   Virginia Landmarks of Black History: Sites on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995. A list of important Virginia churches, schools, homes and other buildings related to black history. The description of each site is accompanied by one or more photographs. 975.5004 Vir

Newman, Debra L.   Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives. National Archives Trust Fund Board: Washington, DC: 1984. Identifies record groups which include historical information about black citizens. A description of each record group is provided, with details about the types of records contained therein. Now out-of-date, but no second edition has been published. 016.973 New

Plunkett, Michael.   Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990. Listings for resources held by university libraries, museums and public library systems in Virginia. Many repositories may now hold other documents as well, but still a good starting point for determining the kinds of resources available. 016.975 Plu This document is also available in electronic format at the following URL:


Ex-Slave Narratives 1938-39. Eleven reels of WPA interviews with former slaves. Reel 3 includes interviews with former slaves in Virginia. Reel 00126


Internet Resources African-American History
Excellent group of resources on African-American history from, a site where guides choose the most useful web sites about each topic. This collection of information includes links to articles, photographs, and quizzes on many topics, including the Harlem Renaissance, the Underground Railroad, and black entertainers, writers and inventors.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
An exhibit from the Library of Congress's American Memory project. This site makes available portions of the Works Progress Administration's interviews with former slaves in the 1930s. The interviews are accompanied by over 200 photographs of former slaves.

The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History
A useful general guide that includes a black history timeline, articles about key people and events, and a gallery of audio and video clips.


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