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African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography

James P. Danky, Editor
Maureen E. Hady, Associate Editor
Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"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).

"African-American Newspapers and Periodicals is a map to a veritable dark continent of journalism that black Americans have created, circulated, and digested for the past one hundred seventy-one years ... This bibliography is a conduit into an almost self-contained universe of thought and feeling of the African-American people, their aspirations and dreams, but also their everyday concerns and occurrences... Few reference tools have a greater potential impact upon the development of African-American studies than this one."
-- From the Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"The first comprehensive guide to all known newspapers and magazines by and about African-Americans. With the oldest recorded publications dating back to 1827, the bibliography accounts for close to 6,500 titles in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. For each description, the book informs the researchers where certain copies of the publication can be found, either on microfilm or a hard copy. National Endowment for the Humanities President William Ferris called the work a 'historic landmark.'"
--Elizabeth Hurt, Wisconsin State Journal

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