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African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
A Selection of Published Works
"...a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920."
New York Public Library Digital Library Collections

African American Women's Lives During the Civil War: An Annotated Bibliography - (dead link)
By Juliet K. Habjan, Graduate Assistant, College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland

American Women's History: African-American Women
Sections include: Bibliographies ; Biographical Sources ; Overviews ; Journals ; Networking ; Primary Sources ; Talking About Women's History ; Related Internet Sites.
Includes both print and online resources.
By Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University

Ann Arbor: A Women's Town, 1900-1975
"The city of Ann Arbor has a very colorful history, and some of the best storytellers in Ann Arbor are the African American women interviewed by Lola Jones and her daughter Carole Gibson. Their organization, called Another Ann Arbor, Inc., produced two documentary films from the interviews. 'Ann Arbor: A Woman's Town' covers the first half of the twentieth century. The second film, 'A Change Was in the Air' chronicles the tumultuous Civil Rights Era in Ann Arbor, from the 1950s-1975...This web site is a collection of clips from the two documentaries. In these clips, you'll meet several women who not only tell the story of Ann Arbor, but were actually part of the history."
- CHICO, University of Michigan School of Information

Florida Memory Project

  • Mary McLeod Bethune
    "...founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls, now Bethune-Cookman College. Bethune was active in the fight against racism and served as an unofficial advisor to President Roosevelt...The records include photographs, letters and drafts of sections of the biography."

PBS - Independent Lens - Strange Fruit
Web companion to the TV broadcast of the independent film by Joel Katz.
"STRANGE FRUIT explores the history and legacy of a song unique in the annals of American music. Best-known from Billie Holiday's haunting 1939 rendition, the song 'Strange Fruit' is a harrowing portrayal of the lynching of a black man in the American South...The film tells a dramatic story of America's past by using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter."

  • Protest Music
    Sections include: Slavery ; Abolitionists and Women's Rights ; The Workers ; The Great Depression ; War, Labor and Race ; Civil Rights and Vietnam ; Anti-Establishment ; Message Music.

Sources for National Association of Colored Women and African-American Clubwomen, Race, and Reform - (dead link)
Bibliography compiled by Nancy Marie Robertson

Voices From the Gaps
" a World Wide Web project that focuses on the lives and works of women writers of color in the United States and Canada...In addition to the multiply-indexed author pages, which comprise the heart of this website, there is an online Discussion Room to facilitate a conversation about topics relevant to this field of study as well as a list of Related Sites on the World Wide Web which points to general (i.e., not particular to a single author) Web resources that relate to the study of women writers of color."
Dept. of English and the Program in American Studies at the University of Minnesota

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