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African American History and Culture to 1860 (1865)

This guide is designed to support students in HIST 251 with Melanie Chambliss for Fall 2020

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Welcome to the library research guide for African American History and Culture to 1860 (1865). 

In this guide you will find a variety of resources that will help you with your research for this course including for your primer assignment. Highlights of the guide include: 

  • links to primary source material including: slave narratives, photos and images for the time period, slavery in the law, runaway ads, and anti-slavery pamphlets, newspapers, speeches, and more;
  • information on how to understand primary resources;
  • links to relevant library databases and instructions on how to search for books and articles;
  • and information on how to create citations for the primary source materials you will be using in your assignments. (Note: The citations page includes a video outlining the process you will use in creating those citations.)

As always, if you need assistance with research or have questions about library resources, please feel free to contact a librarian through our Ask a Librarian service via chat or email

"African American History and Culture to 1860," recorded September 2020, 4 minutes.