What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Summer 2015

For the Summer 2015 update, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center have added a large amount of online-only content from the Dictionary of African Biography, as well as articles from The African American National Biography.

Community Spotlight: New Orleans

With guest editor Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd of Duke University (formerly of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art) and features include new subject articles on topics such as African American Newspapers in New Orleans, African American Mardi Gras Masquerading Traditions, Calas (Fritters) of New Orleans, Congo Square, and the Tignon Headdress in New Orleans.

Guest Editorial

This summer update features a guest editorial on New Orleans by Dr. Beauchamp-Byrd.

Primary Source Documents

8 new primary source documents feature original interviews, excerpts, and letters on life in the New Orleans area, including Excerpts from Louisiana Black Codes (1865), a press conference held by Lt. General Russel Honoré in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and a slave auction catalog from the notorious slave market in New Orleans. Please see below for the full list of newly added primary source documents.

New Articles and Biographies

This update also includes new online-only biographies from the Dictionary of African Biography project, including basketball player Manute Bol and author Vera Duarte. These brand new entries are only available through the Oxford African American Studies Center.

Biographies from the African American National Biography project are continually updated, keeping the content within the Oxford African American Studies Center accurate. Updates for this winter include the biographies of a variety of notable figures in the world of music and entertainment, including painter Beverly Jean McIver and jazz pianist Tiny Parham.

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Primary Source Documents Added in Summer 2015

Letters from Cynthia Nickols and Lt. James DeGrey to the Louisiana Freedmen's Bureau (1867)
An Account of the Deslondes Uprising (1811)
An Appeal for the Unification of the People of Louisiana (1873)
Editorial in the New Orleans Crusader on the Separate Car Act (1890)
Excerpts from Louisiana Black Codes (1865)
Press Conference Held by Lt. General Russel Honoré (2005)
Slave Auction Catalog for the Banks Arcade, New Orleans (1855)
The Founding of the Sisters of the Holy Family (1894)

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Focus On

In addition to our ongoing editorial update program, the Oxford African American Studies Center's editors commission and publish bi–monthly a publicly-available Focus On feature, designed to provide insights into topics of current and historical relevance.

This month's Focus On features African Descendants in New Orleans: A Visual History.

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