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African American History Web Sites

Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (PBS)
Part of PBS’s African-American Journey site, here you’ll find a rich collection of resources — images, documents, stories, biographies, commentaries — on the experience of slavery in America. There are four parts: The Terrible Transformation: 1450-1750, Revolution: 1750-1805, Brotherly Love:1791-1831, and Judgment Day: 1831-1865. There is also a useful teacher’s guide and activities for students. A great site for black history.

The African-American Mosaic Exhibition (Library of Congress)
A LOC resource guide for the study of Black History and Culture, the Mosaic explores colonization, abolition, migration, and the WPA. Included are maps, charts, primary sources, and background information on black history.

This Far by Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys
This PBS companion site covers 1526 to the present day and provides an introductory essay to each section and interactive timelines where one can explore significant events and people.

African Voices
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History provides a thematic exploration of Africa. The themes revolve around issues of wealth and working and living conditions in Africa. The history-oriented sections focus on the slave trade, colonialism, and other subjects. The Learning Center offers a helpful list of African resources.

African American World
AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD, a comprehensive Web site, draws from the best of PBS and NPR to connect black Americans with black history and culture in a uniquely interactive format.

BBC: The Story of Africa
This BBC site features Africa’s top historians and analyzes the events and characters that have shaped the continent from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid. Among the topics covered are the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms, the power of religion, the injustices of slavery, and the expansion of trade between Africa and other continents. Features audio segments.

Race: Are We So Different?
“Race: Are We So Different” is an excellent educational web site from the American Anthropological Association that explores race from three lenses: History, Human Variation, and Lived Experience. The History section provides articles on race from the 1600s to the present while the Human Variation section explores human biology and genetics. The Lived Experience section is heavily interactive, with a Game of Life Experience, a Race Blog, a Sports Quiz, and more. There are educational materials available for download at the site as well as impressive multimedia features: You can watch a movie about a teenage girl’s experience and take a 3D trip into cell structure. In all, “Race: Are We So Different” is a great introductory web site for students into the complex issue of race.

Internet African History Sourcebook
Part of Paul Halsall’s excellent series of Internet Sourcebooks, Internet African History Sourcebook has full-text sources for African history arranged by topics that include the Black Athena Debate, human origins, Egypt, Ethiopia, Islam in Africa, West African kingdoms, Great Religion, the slave trade, and more. Great primary sources for black history.

WGBH Forum Network
The WGBH Forum Network is a free online archive of public lectures at educational or cultural organizations in the Boston area. Of special historical interest are the series of lectures examining the Civil Rights Movement from Brown v. Board of Education to the civil rights initiatives today. Visitors can browse archived content by category or contributing institution. Visitors download the lectures if desired and subscribers to the WGBH Forum Network RSS|New Lectures feed will receive their listing automatically.

Voices of the Shuttle: Minority Studies Page(UCSB)
Voices is an on-line guide to humanities studies and a worthwhile source of links to information on minorities in America

African-American Registry
Daily historical background for African-American figures, communities, politics and culture

Black History Pages
US focused site, pointing to useful and plentiful online resources for Black History.

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities, and more

Lesson Plan: Spirituals
In this EdSiteMent lesson plan, students learn about the origins of spirituals and how the tradition has been kept alive and revitalized with the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson plan provides the lyrics to a few spirituals and also shows how Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches had spiritual influences.

Lesson Plan – After the American Revolution: Free African Americans in the North
This lesson plan is meant to teach about African American life in the North. Designed by EdSiteMent, the plan includes many resources and biographies of slaves and free blacks at the end of the revolution.

Utilizing the Registers of Free Blacks For the City of Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia, 1803-1864
Created by Carl Shulkin, this History Matters lesson plan uses many primary sources to help students learn about the Free Blacks in the antebellum South.

Lesson Plan: From Jim Crow to Linda Brown
Designed by the Library of Congress, this comprehensive lesson plan focuses on Segregation and other issues that confronted the Black Community from 1897 to 1953. The black history lesson plan has both Teacher and Student Sections and plenty of available resources.

Economy vs. Humanity: Exploring the Triangle Trade and The Middle Passage
The Triangle Trade, though morally reprehensible, was integral to the growth of the economies of the United States and Great Britain. The last leg of that trek, known as the Middle Passage, retains the infamy of having been a horrific journey for Africans who had been free in their countries but were being enslaved in the Americas. Through the video series, Freedom: History of US, and the companion Web site utilized in this middle school lesson plan, students will explore the economic importance of the Triangle Trade and the experience of enslaved Africans who were forced to endure the Middle Passage.

CEC: “Putting Some Spark in Black History Month”
This is a brief mini-lesson that revolves around a class activity. Recommended as a good way to liven up February. Suitable for grades 6-8.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in America
This site by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and The Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library provides hundreds of images from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public to better understand black history.

Culture & Change: Black History in America
Meet famous African Americans, listen to jazz music, publish your own writing, and explore black history with this interactive timeline from Scholastic.

Education First: Black History Activities
This useful site features a hot-list of relevant sites, activities to engage in various different topics, webquests, and more.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People website has an excellent History section which includes an interactive timeline.