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Spotlight on African American History

africanamericanA recent publication from the Oxford University Press is the Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present (2009), edited by Paul Finkelman. This five-volume set follows the 3-volume Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619 to 1895 (published in 2006) and covers the “Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century,” including the 2008 presidential election. This set contains over 1,250 signed entries, with nearly equal division between biographies and topical entries.

The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2008, Macmillan/Gale), edited by John Hartwell Moore, contains nearly 400 articles in three volumes, with content contributed by experts on race, ethnicity, sociology, and other social sciences. The articles focus mainly on biographies and historical events. U.S. topics dominate the set, but there is also a good variety of global topics covered. Additional materials include an annotated filmography, excerpts from significant court cases, and the full text of influential civil rights speeches and other relevant material.

Other noteworthy reference titles in Falvey’s collection include:
African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience (2003, Scribner, print and online)
Encyclopedia of African American Culture & History, 2nd edition (2006, Macmillan, 5 vols., online)
Encyclopedia of African American History (2010, ABC-Clio, 3 vols., print)
Encyclopedia of African American Society (2007, Sage, online)
Encyclopedia of Black Studies (2005, Sage, online)
Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture (2008, ABC-Clio, 3 vols., online)
Oxford African American Studies Center: Falvey’s gateway to the African American National Biography

All titles are all available through the Library catalog. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.
Contributed by Laura Bang.



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