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African American Studies: History

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General History

Reconstruction

Segregation, 1877-1964 (Jim Crow era)

The Great migrations

History of African Americans in New York

African American history around the United States

World War 1 and World War 2

recruiting poster featuring Dorie Miller, an African American sailor 

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21st century

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Here are some subject terms you might find useful to get started:

  • African Americans -- History
  • African Americans -- Civil Rights -- History
  • African Americans -- Segregation
  • African Americans -- Social conditions
  • Slavery -- United States -- History
  • Slave insurrections -- United States
  • Antislavery movements -- United States
  • Slaves -- Emancipation
  • Slave trade
  • African Americans -- Migrations
  • Rural -urban migration -- United States
  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York 

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