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Africans in America

Africans in America

This site is a companion to the Public Broadcasting Company series, "Africans in America." It traces the history of Africans in America in four chronological parts from 1450-1865. Topics covered include the beginning of the slave trade, the growth of slavery in the colonies, arguments justifying slavery, the development of abolitionism in the North, and debates and events leading to the Civil War. Each section includes a historical narrative; a resource bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries; and a teacher's guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses. The site's "Resource Bank" contains more than 400 items.


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patrick malloy
patrick malloy (Faculty)
12 years ago

The official resource site for the excellent video series, Africans in America. The site is text-based and provides a recap of the narrative of each of the four episodes, a resource page for each episode, and a teacher's guide.

Sue Patrick
Sue Patrick (Faculty)
14 years ago
My students regularly use this site as a place to find primary sources. I require students to locate primary sources on the web and to do document analyses in all my classes. The sources on the site are carefully selected and have good annotations. The site also contains narrative history on a variety of subjects related to African Americans through 1865. These narratives, especially used with the primary sources, could be effectively assigned as required reading upon which to base a 3-5 page research paper.
Used in course? Yes