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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


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.