The Harvard Guide to African-American History: Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Harvard Guide to African-American History: Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

by Adam Biggs
     
 

This landmark guide covers research into every aspect of African-American life and work, offering a compendium of information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African-Americans' experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans.

The first part of the Guide contains 12 essays on historical research aids, from traditional archival and reference

Overview

This landmark guide covers research into every aspect of African-American life and work, offering a compendium of information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African-Americans' experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans.

The first part of the Guide contains 12 essays on historical research aids, from traditional archival and reference materials to the Internet. The second and largest part presents comprehensive and chronological bibliographies, prepared by John Thornton, Peter H. Wood, Gary B. Nash, Stephanie Shaw, Richard J. M. Blackett, Eric Foner, Leon F. Litwack, Joe W. Trotter, Jeffrey Conrad Stewart, Nancy L. Grant, Darlene Clark Hine, Clayborne Carson, John H. Bracey, Adam Biggs, and Corey Walker. The third part contains listings of resources on the special subjects of women, prepared by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; geographical areas; and autobiography and biography, prepared by Randall K. Burkett, Leon F. Litwack, and Richard Newman. A companion CD-ROM packaged with the book makes more than 15,000 bibliography entries available for computer searching.

Editorial Reviews

David W. Blight
This single-volume source will be one of the first things scholars consult for research in all aspects of African-American life and culture. A great value of the work is the lists of titles, repositories, and collections. There is no question this will be a special and enduring reference work in the field of African-American studies that all of us in the field will want to own.
Ira Berlin
A valuable and, in many ways, an indispensable tool to study African-American history.
Village Voice Literary Supplement - Lisa Kennedy
I have just returned from a joyous if exhausting walk in the woods. Call it the W. E. B. Du Bois National Park of African American History. There, I found well-traveled paths and hints of future trails beneath the underbrush. Here and there stand weathered statues of known ancestors and memorials to the unknown. One comes upon little kiosks hawking memorabilia--your mammy sugar jars, your lawn jockeys, your Topsy/Little Eva salt-and-pepper shakers. There are vistas where one could bear witness to the breadth and magnificence of the uncharted terrain below. There are also wide swaths damaged by the aggressive deforestation of historical indifference and the clandestine (and then again not-so-very secretive) dumping of poisons. My tour guide through this thicket of profoundly American beauty?...The Harvard Guide to African-American History [which]--in its very vastness, its horizonless terrain--promises that far from limiting history, African American scholarship is on the case. It is liberating it.
Library Journal
This massive guide, sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University and compiled by renowned experts, offers a compendium of information and interpretation on over 500 years of black experience in America. The first section includes 12 essays on historical research aids divided by topics such as films, newspapers, Internet resources, primary sources on microform, government documents, manuscript collections, and oral history archives. The second section contains comprehensive bibliographies prepared by distinguished scholars such as John Thornton, Stephanie Shaw, Eric Foner, Nancy Grant, and Clayborne Carson and further subdivided into specific themes such as race relations, religion, color and class, politics and voting, urban conditions, and science and technology. The third section provides sources related to special subject matters: autobiographies of African Americans, studies identified by geographic region, and studies of African American women by editor-in-chief Higginbotham. This single volume is commendable for its bibliographies and directories of library collections; its lists of web sites, photo archives, and film repositories; its fast and easy retrieval (by subject and author index); and its overall vastness. In addition, there is a companion CD-ROM with over 15,000 bibliography entries available for computer searching. Although lacking extensive coverage of Africa and the Caribbean, this guide is ultimately an unparalleled authoritative reference tool to both print and nonprint resources on the experiences of people of African descent in America, making it an impressive complement to other reputable works such as Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (LJ 11/15/99). Highly recommended. Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674002760
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Harvard University Press Reference Library Series, #12
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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A valuable and, in many ways, an indispensable tool to study African-American history.

Meet the Author

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is Professor of History and of Afro-American Studies, Harvard University.

Leon F. Litwack is the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, where he received the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2007. He also received a Pulitzer Prize in History, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the American Book Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Film Grant.

Darlene Clark Hine is John A. Hannah Professor of History, Michigan State University.

Clayborne Carson is Professor of History at Stanford University and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project.

James P. Danky is Newspapers and Periodicals Librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the editor of Black Periodicals and Newspapers.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and is the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Gary B. Nash is Professor of History Emeritus, UCLA and Professor and Director, National Center for History in the Schools.

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