What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Winter 2015

For the Winter 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: Washington, D.C.

With guest editor Sharon Harley of Howard University features include new subject articles on topics such as Ben's Chili Bowl, Dunbar High School, Ebenezer United Methodist Church (Washington, DC), Go Go Music, and the National Training School for Women and Girls.

This regional spotlight also introduces new articles focused on the history of Washington, D.C. including African American Federal Government Workers, 1940-1980, Black Domestics and Migration to Washington, D.C., Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., the Free Black Community in Washington, D.C., Gentrification and Housing Policies in Washington, D.C., Walter E. Washington and Home Rule in Washington, D.C., and Negro League Baseball in Washington, D.C.

Guest Editorial

This winter update features a guest editorial on Washington, D.C. by Frederick Gooding, Jr.

Primary Source Documents

10 new primary source documents feature original interviews, excerpts, and letters on life in greater D.C., including Goals of the American Negro Academy (1896), Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church Lays the Cornerstone for a New Building (1897), and An Eyewitness Account of the Pearl Incident (1855). 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 Michel am Djotodia, the former President of the Central African Republic, and Ramon Llul, a Majorcan writer and philosopher, logician and a Franciscan tertiary. 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 18th Century African Pirate, Black Caesar , New Orleans French singer and banjo player Picayune Butler, and Negro League Baseball player Wallace Williams.

New Interview

Read a new interview with Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain

Lesson Plan

A new lesson plan by Dr. Kerri Greenidge of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, entitled Rights Bound to Respect: African American Rights and Citizenship from the Early Republic to Dred Scott, has been added to the Learning Center.

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Primary Source Documents Added in Winter 2015

An Excerpt from A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison (1865)
An Eyewitness Account of the Pearl Incident (1855)
Christian Fleetwood Describes a Battle in Petersburg, Virginia (1864)
Citizenship, Its Rights and Duties, a Lecture Delivered by D. Augustus Straker (1874)
Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church Lays the Cornerstone for a New Building (1897))
Eleanor Holmes Norton Delivers a Speech on Equal Representation for Washington, DC (2014)
Goals of the American Negro Academy (1896)
James Weldon Johnson Investigates the Washington Riots (1919)
Letter from Jefferson & MacKenzie Concerning the Washington Theater (1833)
Violence Committed Against Black Soldiers in Washington, DC (1863)

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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 Americans in Washington, D.C..

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