Black History and Literature

African American Music Reference

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African American Music Reference is a critically acclaimed, comprehensive text database chronicling the rich history of African American music. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of black American musical expression from colonial times to the present, including blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, and gospel.

Black Drama: Second Edition

Black Drama Second Edition

Black Drama: Second Edition contains the full text of more than 1,200 plays by 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print, and nearly a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Black Short Fiction and Folklore

Black Short Fiction and Folklore

Black Short Fiction and Folklore brings together thousands of works of short fiction, from early folktales to contemporary works, written by authors from Africa and the African diaspora. Materials come from literary magazines, archives, and the personal collections of the authors, and represent an astounding range of traditions that begins with early African oral traditions and extends through to modern hip-hop.

Black Studies in Video

Black Studies in Video is a seminal video collection of archival footage, powerful interviews with leading figures in the Civil Rights Movement, and documentaries examining the black experience in the arts, politics, public, and private life. The collection's diverse films include the SNCC Legacy Video Collection and other exclusive content from California Newsreel.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders covering nearly three centuries of history. It showcases the writings of teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures. In addition to the most familiar works, the collection shares previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts.

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers African, African American, and Diaspora

Black Women Writers presents literature and essays on feminist issues written by authors from Africa and the African diaspora. The collection documents how black women forged a strong cultural identity and presents the female perspective on the diversity and development of black people.

Caribbean Literature

Caribbean Literature

Caribbean Literature brings together 100,000 pages of poetry and fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries, presented in the original English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages. A treasury of classic, rare, and contemporary literature, the collection includes works by hundreds of notable writers.

Individual DVDs and Streaming Videos

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Alexander Street offers a variety of African American studies videos in both DVD and streaming formats and is the exclusive source for streaming video from Filmakers Library.