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Samuel R. Delany

African American Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers

Over the course of the last century, African American sci-fi writers have explored a wide variety of future worlds, new technologies, and alternate realities.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.When Frederick Douglass arrived in Baltimore in 1827, he was a slave who had known only the brutality of plantation life. What he found was a city where emancipated African Americans had formed a vibrant community.

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Lesson Plans Country Profiles Focus On
Use the Oxford African American Studies Center to bring online learning into the classroom. Vital statistics and reference articles on countries that have been central to the history of Africans and African Americans. Explore photo essays on important events, people, and themes in African American history.


Prudence Cumberbatch

Thurgood Marshall described his hometown of Baltimore as being "way up South," a phrase suggesting the city's dual identity as a segregated community that nevertheless fostered a rising black population.

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What's New


Winter 2014 Highlights
Lesson Plans

"Amongst Slavery: Free Blacks in Antebellum and Colonial America": William Fernandez Hardin presents an undergraduate-level lesson plan detailing the contributions of the free black community, from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War.

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Family Trees

Jazz music is a deeply rooted part of the African American experience, and journalist Scott Yanow has outlined some of the illustrious families that have influenced the genre over the past century, including the Marsalis, Eubanks, and Heath families.

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Interview with Osagie K. Obasogie

Osagie K. Obasogie is Professor of Law at the University of California. His groundbreaking book Blinded By Sight (Stanford University Press, 2013) explores the ways in which blind people view race, challenging easy assumptions regarding disabilities and the ideal of "color-blindness."

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Guide to Reference Works

This new feature allows you to scroll through the tables of contents for each of the major reference works on the Oxford African American Studies Center, including the African American National Biography, Africana, Black Women in America, the Encyclopedia of African American History, as well as the newly added Dictionary of African Biography and the Encyclopedia of African Thought.

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What's Inside
  • 10,000 articles Over 10,000 articles from Oxford's authoritative reference program — with primary source documents, images, maps, chart and tables, and much more!
  • Notepad Search and Browse features allow you to focus and refine results by era and subject category.
  • Globe Primary Source Documents, with specially written commentaries, take you through the personal and public histories of African Americans.
  • Calendar Charts and tables provide information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts