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Gale Virtual Reference Library - Based on the Encyclopedia of Africa, aimed at college and graduate students, this work presents Africa, from Egypt to Cape Town and from prehistoric times to the present day, in a format accessible to high school students. This set spans many disciplines, covering animals, foods, holidays and festivals, tribal groups, ecology, music and art, trade and economy, geography, religion, folklore, and fossil and skeletal discoveries.

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This database includes the complete content of the microfiche series "Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950," a substantial compilation of biographical material on more than 30,000 African American individuals. Because this resource includes both famous and everyday persons, it is of interest to both historians and genealogists. Searchable by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information. Includes some illustrations and photographs.

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This database contains the stories of American slaves as told by the former slaves themselves, in their own voices. Includes the complete content of more than 2,000 interviews conducted in seventeen states between 1936 and 1938 under the Federal Writers' Project of the Work Progress Administration. Fully indexed & searchable by key word. Includes some sound files of the actual interviews. Also includes the full text of George Rawick's From Sundown To Sunup: The Making of the Black Community (Greenwood, 1972), an excellent introduction to the collection.

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Full-text searching of all issues of the Cleveland Call and Post published between 1934 and 1991. (An index to issues from 1992 to 2004 and full text for issues from 2005 to present is available in the Ethnic Newswatch database.) Cleveland’s longtime African American newspaper, the Call & Post was formed in 1927 by the merger of the Call and the Post. The paper’s rise to prominence began in 1932 with the arrival of William O. Walker (1896-1981), who became its publisher within a few years. A strong local voice for racial equality, the paper has long urged participation in politics and encouraged black solidarity and self-reliance.

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Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database provides full text for more than 700 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975 for key magazines. MAS Ultra School Edition also provides more than 500 full text pamphlets, more than 350 full text reference books, 84,011 biographies, 83,472 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

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Celebrate Black History
Interactive timeline of African American history and biographical information
Africans in America
America's journey through slavery presented by PBS
The Harlem Renaissance
Multimedia look into the Harlem Renaissance
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
First person accounts of slavery
Civil Rights Digital Library
Primary sources and other educational materials from and about the civil rights movement