African American Studies Center

more than 20,000 articles by top scholars in the field

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31 Dec 2022

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events that have shaped African American and African history and culture. It provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 10,000 articles by top scholars. The core content includes:

  • African American National Biography
  • Dictionary of African Biography
  • Africana
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present
  • Black Women in America, Second Edition
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought
  • The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography

In addition to the core reference works included in the site, the Oxford African American Studies Center draws on key resources from other reference titles included in Oxford University Press's first-rate reference programme.

African American and African history and culture, religion, biblical history

  • 15,000+ biographies
  • 4,000+ articles cover topics ranging from Aardvark to Zydeco and the Middle Passage to AIDS in Africa
  • 700 primary source documents with specially written commentaries 
  • 2,500+ images
  • 200+ country and territory maps, with thematic maps that illustrate major events from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
  • 150+ charts and tables offer information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts.
  • Multimedia content: Film clips provide yet another glimpse into African American history, allowing users the opportunity not only to read about moments like Hank Aaron's breaking of Babe Ruth's homerun record, or the recording of music by jazz greats like Miles Davis or Billie Holliday, but to see and hear these moments as they happened. 
  • Timelines guide you through key events in the history and culture of African Americans in sports, military, and more, including women's history and Africa and the Diaspora.
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