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History: African American: Books & Resources

Libraries Research Guide: African American History
Circle Unbroken cover

Circle unbroken

a Gullah journey from Africa to America (DVD)

cover art Gateway to Freedom

Gateway to Freedom

The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

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Carry me home

Birmingham, Alabama, the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution

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Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed America

cover art for Understanding Jim Crow

Understanding Jim Crow

using racist memorabilia to teach tolerance and promote social justice

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  • Examples of keyword search terms: african american, freedmen, plantation, slavery, slaves and virginia.
  • Examples of Subject search terms: blacks, african american, negroes, negro, harlem.. 
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