A Selected Bibliography of African-American History, 1820-1920


Broderick, Francis L. W. E. B. Du Bois: Negro Leader in a Time of Crisis. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1959.

Harlan, Louis R. Booker T. Washington. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Marable, Manning. W. E. B. DuBois: Black Radical Democrat. Boston: Twayne, 1986.

McFeely, William S. Frederick Douglass. New York: Norton, 1991.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. T. Thomas Fortune: Militant Journalist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971.


Douglass, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom: The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. New York: Collier Books, 1962.

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois. New York: International Publishers, 1968.

Duster, Alfreda M., ed. Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.

Gilbert, Olive, ed. Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a Bondswoman of Olden Time, with a History of Her Labors and Correspondence Drawn from Her "Book of Life". New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1963.

General History

Bennett, Lerone, Jr. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. Chicago: Johnson, 1982.

Carter, Hodding. The Angry Scar: The Story of Reconstruction. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974.

Davis, Arthur P., J. Saunders Redding, and Joyce Ann Joyce, eds. The New Cavalcade: African American Writing from 1760 to the Present. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1991.

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. New York: New American Library, 1969.

Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.

Franklin, John Hope. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

_____. Reconstruction: After the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.

Frazier, E. Franklin. The Negro in the United States. New York: Macmillian, 1957.

_____. Black Bourgeoisie. New York: Collier Books, 1962.

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. The State of Afro-American History: Past, Present, and Future. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986.

_____. Black Women in United States History. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson, 1990.

Hughes, Langston and Milton Meltzer. A Pictorial History of the Negro in America. New York: Crown, 1963.

Jackson, Blyden. A History of Afro-American Literature. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Lincoln, Eric C., and Lawrence H. Mamiya. The Black Church in the African-American Experience. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990.

Litwack, Leon F. Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Logan, Rayford. The Negro in American Life and Thought: The Nadir, 1877-1901. New York: Collier Books, 1965.

Meier, August. Negro Thought in America, 1880-1915. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1963.

Meier, August and Elliot Rudwick. From Plantation to Ghetto. New York: Hill and Wang, 1976.

Miller, Kelly. The Education of the Negro. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1902.

_____. Race Adjustment. The Everlasting Stain. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1968.

_____. Out of the House of Bondage. New York: Schocken Books, 1971.

Myrdal, Gunnar. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. New York: Pantheon Books, 1975.

Ogden, Robert C., ed. From Servitude to Service: Being the Old South Lectures on the History and Work of Southern Institutions for the Education of the Negro. Boston: American Unitarian Association, 1905.

Quarles, Benjamin. Black Mosaic: Essays in Afro-American History and Historiography. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988.

_____. The Negro in the Making of America. New York: Collier Macmillan, 1987.

Rabinowitz, Howard N., ed. Southern Black Leaders of the Reconstruction Era. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Sterling, Dorothy, and Benjamin Quarles. Lift Every Voice; The Lives of Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary Church Terrell, and James Weldon Johnson. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965.

Woodson, Carter G. The Mind of the Negro as Reflected in Letters Written during the Crisis, 1800-1860. New York: Russell & Russell, 1969.

_____. The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861. New York: Arno Press, 1968.

_____. The History of the Negro Church. Washington, DC: Associated Publishers, 1921.

Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.

Reference and Bibliographic Books

Aptheker, Herbert, ed. A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States. New York: Citadel Press, 1951.

Bergman, Peter. The Chronological History of the Negro in America. New York: Mentor Books, 1969.

Chambers, Fredrick, comp. Black Higher Education in the United States: A Selected Bibliography on Negro Higher Education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978.

Davis, Nathaniel, ed. Afro-American Reference: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Resources. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

Des Verney Sinnette, Elinor, W. Paul Coates, and Thomas C. Battle. Black Bibliophiles and Collectors: Preservers of Black History. Washington, DC; Howard University Press, 1990.

Gubert, Betty Kaplan, comp. Early Black Bibliographies, 1863-1918. New York: Garland Publishing, 1982.

Logan, Rayford W., and Michael R. Winston. Dictionary of American Negro Biography. New York: Norton, 1982.

Low, W. Augustus, and Virgil A. Clift, eds. Encyclopedia of Black America. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1981.

McPherson, James M., ed. Blacks in America; Bibliographical Essays. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.

Miller, Elizabeth W., comp. The Negro in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1970.

Newman, Richard, comp. Black Access: A Bibliography of Afro-American Bibliographies. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984.

Payne, Wardell J., ed. Directory of African American Religious Bodies: A Compendium by the Howard University School of Divinity. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1991.

Ploski, Harry A., and Marr II, Warren, eds. The Negro Almanac: A Reference Work on the Afro American. 3rd ed. New York: Bellwether, 1976.

Porter, Dorothy B., ed. The Negro in the United States: A Selected Bibliography. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1970.

Sims, Janet L., comp. The Progress of Afro-American Women: A Selected Bibliography and Resource Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980.

Weinberg, Meyer, comp. Racism in the United States: A Comprehensive Classified Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Williams, Ethel L., and Clifton F. Brown, comps. The Howard University Bibliography of African and Afro-American Religious Studies: With Locations in American Libraries. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1977.

Work, Monroe Nathan, comp. A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America. New York: Octagon Books, 1965.

Books for Young Readers

Hughes, Langston. Famous Negro Heroes of America. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1958.

_____. Famous American Negroes. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1954.

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