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Brazoria County Black History Month Subject Guide



Ancestry Plus
Search family histories from the 1790’s to the present. Photos, historical maps, and family tree charts

HeritageQuest Online
Search the Federal Census and the Periodical Subject Index. Find Freedman’s Bank, The Revolutionary War, the U.S. Serial Set and actions of the U.S. Congress in LexisNexis

Literature Resource Center
Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of noted black authors


African American History
Biographies, Quotes, Jim Crow Laws, Abolition, Harlem Renaissance, Reconstruction and other themes; search other Black History related terms to get multiple topic listings

African American Lives
Profiles, genealogy guide, lesson plans for educators

African American Mosaic
Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture

African American World
Historical timeline, arts and culture, race and society, biographical profiles, pros and cons on social issues

American Slave Narratives
Interviews with over 2300 former slaves, links to electronic texts from black authors

Links to the “Most Watched Black History Videos” and the “Most Searched Black History Notables”

Black History in Texas
Includes chronology, geography, slavery, Juneteenth, black cowboys and soldiers and links; produced by the University of Texas at Austin

Black History Month
Resources about slavery, history, leaders, news, poetry, etc.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
In Houston, Texas; dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating the history, traditions, and contributions of this unique group of men and women

Federal Resource for Educational Excellence
Find 69 resources on African American History

List of Black History Month resources

Our Shared History: African American Heritage
National Park Service resources related to African American history and culture including travel guides, exhibits and collections

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Biographies, history, images, online exhibitions

Slave Narratives
A multimedia presentation from the Library of Congress


King, Civil War and Reconstruction. American Heritage, American voices [electronic resource]

Link, Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia. Civil War in America., [electronic resource]


To locate books on Black History, conduct a ’subject browse’ in our online catalog using the following keywords:
African American
Slave Narratives
Antislavery Movements–United States
United States–Civil War–History 1861-1865
Underground Railroad
Emancipation of Slaves
Emancipation Proclamation
Segregation in Education
Civil Rights Movements

Reference Librarians’ Picks

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, REF 909 AFR

The Covenant With Black America, 305.896 COV

Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, REF 973.0496

Hoagan, Shades of Glory: the negro leagues and the story of African-American Baseball, 796.357 HOG

Smith, Black Firsts: 4,000 ground-breaking and pioneering historical events, REF 909.0496 BLA

Sullivan, African American Millionaires, 305.5 SULL

Willis, “Negro President”: Jefferson and the Slave Power, 326 WIL