What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Fall 2014

For the Fall 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: North Carolina

This regional spotlight includes new articles on Black Migration from North Carolina, 1870-1945, Hyde Country School Boycott of 1969, and Fusion Politics in North Carolina

Guest Editorial

Guest editor Jackie Booker discusses integrating the education system in North Carolina.

Primary Source Documents

10 new primary source documents feature original interviews, excerpts, and letters on life in North Carolina, including Anonymous Message Sent to Hugh Brown of Robeson County, North Carolina (1821), Reward Offered for Two Escaped Slaves (1745), and a Sharecropping contract from North Carolina (1882). 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 Dennis Vincent Brutus, and Sylvie Bongo-Ondimba. 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 in the world of music and entertainment, including Rogers Simon, Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdez, and Pete O'Neal.

Lesson Plan

A new lesson plan by Dr. Theresa Vara-Dannen, J.D., Ph.D, The Cult of True Womanhood and Harriet Jacobs' The Life of Slave Girl, has been added to the Learning Center.

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Teacher Resource

Two new teacher resources, The African American Biography Research Assignment for Advanced High School and College Students, by Dr. Theresa Vara-Dannen, J.D., Ph.D, and Freedom Writers: Online Courses in African American History Available from Gilder Lehrman, have been added to the Learning Center.

New Subject Articles


The Allen School
Black Migration from North Carolina, 1870—1945
Charlotte, North Carolina
Fusion Politics in North Carolina
Hyde County School boycott of 1969
Montford Point Marines
Rosenwald Schools
Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenberg Board of Education
Western North Carolina, African Americans in
The Wilmington Ten

Primary Source Documents Added in Fall 2014

Anonymous Message Sent to Hugh Brown of Robeson County, North Carolina (1821)
Employment Status and Family Income Among African Americans in New Hanover County, North Carolina (19501990)
Hiring-out Bond for a Slave in Jones County, North Carolina (1857)
John Chavis Announces Segregated Classes at His Raleigh School (1808)
Land Transaction in Craven County, North Carolina (1833)
Petition for the Manumission of James Hostler (1855)
Reward Offered for Two Escaped Slaves (1745)
Sharecropping contract from North Carolina (1882)
Statement Issued by Warren Clay Coleman (1896)
The Poet's Feeble Petition (1852)

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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 the Space Program.

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