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In the years following the Civil War, African Americans hoped to establish institutions of higher learning in the context of the Jim Crow era. Many of those institutions are still with in operation today, carrying on a legacy of empowerment and social change.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.The recent death of Prince has prompted an outpouring of grief as well as a period of reflection. Though it hurts to think of what we've lost, it has been heartwarming to hear all the wonderful stories of the man from his close friends, professional associates, and even people who barely knew him.

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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.

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Eric R. Jackson

Eric R. Jackson discusses the often overlooked African American history of Cincinnati.

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Spring 2016 Highlights
Lesson Plans

Liberty and Law I: The Thirteenth Amendment

In this lesson students will analyze why the Thirteenth Amendment was created, its goals, and its limitations by dissecting the meaning of the Confiscation Acts, and the Emancipation Proclamation, that preceded the Thirteenth Amendment.


Liberty and Law II: The Fourteenth Amendment

In this lesson students will analyze why the Fourteenth Amendment was created, its goals, and its limitations by dissecting the meaning of the Amendment itself, as well as the 1866 Civil Rights Act that preceded it.


Liberty and Law III: The Fifteenth Amendment

In this lesson students will analyze why the Fifteenth Amendment was created, its goals, and its limitations by dissecting the meaning of the Amendment itself, as well as the 1870 and 1871 Enforcement Acts that followed it.

Teacher Resources

Enforcement Acts: A Thematic Guide

Dr. Kerri Greenidge of the University of Massachusetts-Boston presents a brief guide for educators about the origins, effects, and historical significance of the Enforcement Acts, which redefined the Federal Government's role in citizens' rights.

Interview with Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe is the author of the acclaimed novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain. In this interview, he describes his recent fiction as an exploration of the broken American dream from an outsider, immigrant perspective, heavily influenced by the giants of West African literature such as Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe.

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Guide to Reference Works

This 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