What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Winter 2014

For the January 2014 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: Baltimore

Guest editor Prudence Cumberbatch brigns together new subject articles on topics such as Baltimore Club Music, March on Annapolis, and The Wire

This regional spotlight also includes new biographies on Karl Everett Downs, a prominent black minister and college president, Harry Sythe Cummings, Baltimore's first black city councilman, and Marse Callaway, a Baltimore realtor and head of the Maryland Colored Voters League who was widely considered the most powerful black republican in Maryland during the civil rights movement.

Guest Editorial

This winter update features a guest editorial on Baltimore by Prudence Cumberbatch.

Primary Source Documents

15 new primary source documents feature original letters, reports, and addresses from Baltimore and Maryland, including A Plea for Racial Equality in the Maryland Gazette (1783), Analysis of the Speech by Governor Agnew Following the Baltimore Riots (1968) , and a Wanted Poster for Fugitive Slave Jack Alexander (1810) . 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 Jorge Carlos Fonseca, the current president of Cape Verde; Gaston Maspero, a prominent 19th century French Egyptologist; Didier Ignace Ratsiraka, a Malagasy politician and former President of Madagascar; and Penny Siopis, a prominent South African artist. 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 fall include the biographies of a variety of notable figures including former American professional basketball player Karl Malone, noted pyschiatrist, Roger Kenton Williams, and American jazz pianist and composer Junior Mance, among others.

New Interview

Read a new interview with Osagie K. Obasogie, author of Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind

Lesson Plan

A new lesson plan by William Fernandez Hardin, entitled "Amongst Slavery: Free Blacks in Antebellum and Colonial America," has been added to the Learning Center.

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Primary Source Documents Added in January 2014

A Complete List of the Number of Christian Men, Women and Children, and also of Negro Slaves (1712)
A Plea for Racial Equality in the Maryland Gazette (1783)
Advertisement for Slaves in Annapolis, Maryland (1767)
An Act Concerning Negroes and Other Slaves (1664)
An Exact Account of Negroes Imported into Her Majesties Province of Maryland from Midsummer, 1698, to Xtmas, 1707
Analysis of the Speech by Governor Agnew Following the Baltimore Riots (1968)
Article on Matthew Henson and the North Pole Expedition (1909)
Article on the Trial of William Wheeler and Mark Caesar (1845)
Correspondence Between Donald G. Murray and the University of Maryland School of Law (1934–1935)
Interview with Witnesses of the Baltimore Riot of 1968 (2007)
Letter from John Henry Dorsey to John Slattery (1903)
Letter from the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Baltimore (1835)
Order to Vacate Judgment in Bell v. Maryland (1965)
The Life and Sufferings of Leonard Black, a Fugitive from Slavery (1847)
Wanted Poster for Fugitive Slave Jack Alexander (1810)

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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 American Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers.

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