African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 740 pages
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"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." These words are from the front page of Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper published in the United States, in 1827, a milestone event in the history of an oppressed people. From then on a prodigious and hitherto almost unknown cascade of newspapers, magazines, letters, and other literary, historical, and popular writing poured from presses chronicling black life in America.

The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography of over 6,000 entries is the indispensable guide to the stories of slavery, freedom, Jim Crow, segregation, liberation, struggle, and triumph.

Besides describing many new discoveries--from church documents to early civil rights ephemera, from school records to single-mother newsletters, from artists' journals to labor publications--this work informs researchers where and how to find them (for example, through online databases, microfilm, or traditional catalogs).

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This guide provides information about 6500 African American periodicals, from the publication of Freedom's Journal in 1827 to present-day publications ranging from West Harlem Environmental Action's ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

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

Maureen E. Hady is Assistant Head, Acquisitions, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.

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