African-American History

Examines More Than Five Centuries of the African-American Experience
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    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. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines. An important feature is the full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases for an even more comprehensive view of history.


    • Comprehensive Coverage: With African-American History, researchers can delve deep into their topics or examine different perspectives through event and topic entries, primary sources, images, tablet/mobile-friendly videos, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies of key people, original maps and charts, and more.
    • Easy Access to Content: Featured content in African-American History is handpicked by our editors to inform research and provide guided entryways into the database, plus convenient links to key areas are at the top of every page.
    • Editorially Curated Topic Centers: African-American History features specially selected content—including articles, sharable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a study guide for a particular subject or era.

    Subjects covered include:

      • Abolitionist Movement
      • Underground Railroad
      • Emancipation Proclamation
      • Great Black Migrations
      • Harlem Renaissance
      • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Eras covered include:

      • Africa, Colonization, and the Slave Trade: Beginnings–1819
      • Compromise and Conflict over Slavery: 1820–1860
      • The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1861–1876
      • Segregation, Migration and the Beginnings of Protest: 1877–1928
      • The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1940
      • World War II and the Start of Desegregation: 1941–1954
      • Civil Rights Protest and Progress: 1955–1971
      • Expansion of Opportunities: 1972–Present.
    • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in African-American History includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
    • Primary Sources: African-American History includes hundreds of primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills.
    • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: African-American History’s videos and original, interactive whiteboard-friendly slideshows offer a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes, stimulating interest and providing convenient overviews and “lecture launcher” material.
    • Biographies: Under “Featured People,” African-American History includes helpful lists of civil rights activists, trailblazing military figures, abolition leaders, Harlem Renaissance figures, major musicians, leading scientists, and influential writers. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
    • Controversies in History: Editorially selected pro/con articles on many high-interest controversies in history can be found in African-American History, enabling researchers to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them.
    • Overview Essays: African-American History includes substantial and thorough overview essays giving extensive background on relevant historical topics and eras.
    • Book Chapters: Chapters from authoritative print titles written by noted historians complement the thousands of encyclopedia entries, biographies, definitions, and other resources African-American History provides. Book Chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
    • Authoritative Source List: African-American History features a complete inventory, by type, of the extraordinary amount of expertly researched and written content in the database, including articles from a wealth of award-winning proprietary and distinguished print titles, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
    • Curriculum Tools: This section of African-American History features writing and research tips for students and educators, including:
      • Advice on analyzing and understanding editorial cartoons, primary sources, and online sources
      • Guides for presenting research, including avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, completing a primary source worksheet, summarizing articles, and writing research papers
      • Educator tools, including advice on preventing plagiarism and using editorial cartoons in class.
    • Full Cross-Searchability: African-American History is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.


    • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists
    • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
    • Searchable timelines, including a detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus subject-specific and era-specific timelines
    • Maps and graphs with descriptions
    • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
    • Save content directly to Google Drive
    • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
    • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
    • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
    • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib export functionality
    • Read Aloud tool
    • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
    • Persistent record links
    • Search Assist technology
    • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
    • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

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    “…offers an impressive variety of sources and content well designed for browsing or searching…high quality…The interface is clean and easy to navigate…The biggest strength is the curated content…worthy of inclusion at high school, college, and public libraries…Highly recommended.”

    “…authoritative…very useful for students, teachers, and librarians.”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “…highly recommended…easy to use…extremely student-friendly.”

    “…easy to navigate and authoritative. Highly recommended.”

    “This is a very thorough online subject encyclopedia…The breadth and coverage make this a definite recommendation for those interested in Black Studies.”
    MultiCultural Review

    “…pulls together a variety of material and packages it into one attractive resource.”

    “…ambitiously aims to explore all aspects of the African American experience, from the past to the present…with impressive results. Even obscure topics ignored by other resources are covered here…makes some insightful connections…an excellent resource…highly recommended…”
    Library Journal

    “…a thorough subject encyclopedia in coverage…the synergy of all the various components…provides students and researchers with a rich web of information.”
    Electronic Resources Review

    “…a detailed overview…contains a vast amount of information….”

    African-American History: Check Out the New Overview Video

    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—but don’t just take our word for it! Check out the overview video below!   Our brand-new overview video gives you an up-close look at the depth and breadth of this comprehensive database, including: The authoritative Sources page listing the expertly researched and written content in the database The easy access to the extensive range of books, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and other content types The easy-to-use Search and Browse options The editorially curated Topic Centers, featuring specially selected content on different subjects and eras of history The comprehensive, convenient A-to-Z topic lists. Read More ›

    African-American History: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

    Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the African-American History database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. Read More ›

    American History: New Themes in U.S. History Section

    A new section has been added to Infobase’s American History database. Themes in U.S. History explores 26 major themes in American history century by century. Read More ›

    African-American History: New Topic Centers

    Six new subject Topic Centers have just been added to our African-American History database, offering specially selected content on milestone events and subjects throughout African-American history and complementing the Topic Centers on historical eras.  These new, more focused Topic Centers cover the key, high-interest historical topics that students and researchers are most frequently searching for and studying. Read More ›

    African-American History: Hundreds of New Primary Sources

    Infobase’s latest update to its African-American History database adds approximately 300 new primary source documents, providing insight and firsthand looks into historical topics from the past several hundred years—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills. Read More ›

    Additional Databases Added to Infobase Search API

    With the abundance of electronic resources available today, many schools prefer to access their educational assets in one place. Federated search engines and other discovery tools allow libraries to do just that—easily search through multiple content sources in their catalog at the same time. Read More ›

    History Research Center: Exciting New Content Added

    We are delighted to announce our latest update to our five Infobase history databases (History Research Center)—valuable new entries, articles, and videos. Read More ›

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