Three new Topic Centers have been added to Infobase’s acclaimed database African-American History, offering students fresh new entry points into content on African Americans in politics, Black women in U.S. history, and the Jim Crow Era.
What Are Topic Centers?
African-American History’s editorially curated Topic Centers feature specially selected, authoritative content—including articles, primary sources, sharable slideshows, timelines, maps and charts, videos, and more—on specific eras and subjects in African-American history, providing valuable study guides and starting points for research. The addition of these three new Topic Centers brings the total number you can find on the African-American History platform up to 20.
The Three New Topic Centers in African-American History Are:
African Americans and Politics
Follow the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in the American political system from the early days of the American Revolution to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, and on to the present day.
Black Women in American History
Study the history of African-American women, beginning with indentured servitude in the early American colonies to the cruelty of antebellum plantations, from the reign of lynch law in the Jim Crow South to the triumphs of the Civil Rights era, as well as through the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and the present day.
Jim Crow Era
For a hundred years after the end of the Civil War, a quarter of all Americans lived under a system of legalized segregation called Jim Crow. The purpose of Jim Crow was to keep African Americans subjugated at a level as close as possible to their former slave status, and it has left scars on the American psyche that are still felt today.
What Is African-American History?
Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into a subject or era through the Topic Centers.