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The African American Experience (An ABC-CLIO Database)

To access the African American Experience web site now,
click the (In-Library Use) link or the (Remote Access) link below:

ABC-CLIO The African American Experience

(In-Library Use)  (Remote Access)

In the future, you may navigate to this database:

  • Click E-Research on the green Resources menu
  • Access the database from the alphabetized list

Underground Railroad
[Library of Congress] Fugitives slaves escape from the eastern shore of Maryland, engraving from The Underground Railroad by William Still, 1872.

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The African American experience encompasses the contributions of myriad individuals from the black community who have achieved success in the arts, science, business, the military, and in politics as well as nameless others that endured the travails of slavery and institutionalized discrimination. A collection that taps a tremendous variety of sources is required to cover a topic of this magnitude and the importance to understanding African American history and its relation to greater U.S. history.

The American Mosaic: The African American Experience is the definitive electronic research tool for African American history and culture.


  • Contains nearly 8,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, slave narratives, speeches, court cases, quotations and more
  • Includes more than 50 topical overviews and nearly 1,000 biographies of such famous political and social figures as W.E.B. DuBois, Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, and Mary McLeod Bethune as well as such fascinating contemporary figures as Amiri Baraka, Muhammad Ali, Drake, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Fourteen “era” designations from the year 500 to the present
  • More than 40 transcript excerpts providing a birds-eye view of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results


  • Offers the widest-ranging, easiest-to-use online collection on African American life ever assembled
  • Covers the experiences of African Americans in the United States from their first arrival in the Americas through to the present day, and includes material on African origins
  • Facilitates in-depth research for students at all levels to support courses in history, literature, political science, art, music, and other research fields
  • Makes it easy for students to consult an extensive array of primary source materials, including the slave narratives and other firsthand accounts, in both print and audio formats


Africa and the Atlantic, 500-1550   Africans in Colonial North America, 1550s-1760
Hopes for a New Nation, 1763-1816   African Americans during the Antebellum, 1816-1846
The Civil War and Emancipation, 1846-1877   Rise of Jim Crow, 1877-1895
The Progressive Era, 1895-1917   The "New Negro", World War I to the Great Depression, 1917-1939
World War II and Post-War Integration, 1939-1954   Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
Black Power Movement, 1965-1979   Urban Politics and the Shifting Landscape, 1979-1991
Dawning of a New Era, 1992-2000   New Millennium, 2001-present