Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass Three-volume set

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It is impossible to understand America without understanding the history of African Americans. In nearly seven hundred entries, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 documents the full range of the African American experience during that period - from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass - and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African ...
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Overview


It is impossible to understand America without understanding the history of African Americans. In nearly seven hundred entries, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 documents the full range of the African American experience during that period - from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass - and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans.

The Encyclopedia covers an extraordinary range of subjects. Major topics such as "Abolitionism," "Black Nationalism," the "Civil War," the "Dred Scott case," "Reconstruction," "Slave Rebellions and Insurrections," the "Underground Railroad," and "Voting Rights" are given the in-depth treatment one would expect. But the encyclopedia also contains hundreds of fascinating entries on less obvious subjects, such as the "African Grove Theatre," "Black Seafarers," "Buffalo Soldiers," the "Catholic Church and African Americans," "Cemeteries and Burials," "Gender," "Midwifery," "New York African Free Schools," "Oratory and Verbal Arts," "Religion and Slavery," the "Secret Six," and much more. In addition, the Encyclopedia offers brief biographies of important African Americans - as well as white Americans who have played a significant role in African American history - from Crispus Attucks, John Brown, and Henry Ward Beecher to Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Sarah Grimké, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Phillis Wheatley, and many others.

All of the Encyclopedia's alphabetically arranged entries are accessibly written and free of jargon and technical terms. To facilitate ease of use, many composite entries gather similar topics under one headword. The entry for Slave Narratives, for example, includes three subentries: The Slave Narrative in America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, Interpreting Slave Narratives, and African and British Slave Narratives. A headnote detailing the various subentries introduces each composite entry. Selective bibliographies and cross-references appear at the end of each article to direct readers to related articles within the Encyclopedia and to primary sources and scholarly works beyond it. A topical outline, chronology of major events, nearly 300 black and white illustrations, and comprehensive index further enhance the work's usefulness.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A necessary reference for well rounded academic collections...A major contribution."--Against the Grain

"The set offers depth, reaching most important persons, events, and developments through 1895 but is written for easy access with multiple cross references, chronologies, topical outlines, and a comprehensive index.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"The latest Oxford set is highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries, and any library specializing in African-American studies."--Booklist, Starred Review

Library Journal
Macmillan Library Reference set a standard with its 1996 five-volume Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (edited by Jack Salzman and others) and the 2001 supplement. The second edition, prepared under the general editorship of historian Palmer (Princeton) in cooperation with the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, offers a fresh standard that shifts the focus from the United States to the Americas as a whole. Down from 2500 in the first edition, the expanded 1300 entries range in length from about a half-page to ten pages. Two-thirds of the entries have been revised, and the remaining entries are new. A statistical appendix accompanies a thematic table of contents and a subject index for easy cross references. Some 450 black-and-white photographs appear throughout, and a selection of reproduced primary sources further enhances this handsome set's value as an efficient research tool. In contrast to the Macmillan set, Oxford's three volumes focus on blacks in U.S. history. Prepared under the general editorship of historian Finkelman (Univ. of Tulsa) and ranging in length from 500 to 12,000 words, the nearly 700 signed articles document blacks' experiences from the first slave ships to Frederick Douglass's death. The set offers depth, reaching most important persons, events, and developments through 1895 but is written for easy access with multiple cross references, chronologies, topical outlines, and a comprehensive index. Bottom Line Both sets are highly recommended, and though some libraries may want to choose between the two depending on scope, larger libraries could do well with both sets in order to serve readers and researchers from secondary school through specialized graduate studies. The Oxford set is also available electronically with a subscription to the upcoming African American Studies Center, which includes 19 other Oxford references, and some libraries will have to balance the high online subscription price against the time value of investing in new print sets.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167771
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/6/2006
  • Series: Encyclopedia of African American Culture
  • Edition description: 3-Volume Set
  • Pages: 1560
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 6.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Editors:
Paul Finkelman, Editor in Chief, Albany Law Scholl
L. Diane Barnes, Youngstown State University
Graham Russell Hodges, Colgate University
Gerald Horne,University of Houston
Cary D. Wintz,Texas Southern University

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    Everything you never knew

    I recently had to write a college paper on African-American slave family .This is all you need for a well rounded sources.All I can say is WOW!The accounts are incredible on these people day to day life.You get a real sense on their plight.God Bless the Human spirit.

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