This guide will introduce African American Studies resources available to Pepperdine University students.
The Oxford African American Studies Center combines reference works with sophisticated technology to create a comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.
The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community. The first edition is available in print in the library (Ref. E 185 .E54 1996) and the second edition is available online as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
To locate books and videos, search for the subject African Americans in the library catalog; you can find additional titles under subject headings beginning with African American.
The Greenwood encyclopedia of African American literature
Call Number: Oversize PS153.N5 G73 2005
Of the 1,029 alphabetically arranged entries in these volumes, roughly 820 cover African American writers of fiction and nonfiction, from the eighteenth century to the present. The remaining entries extend coverage beyond authors, examining topics closely related to African American literature, such as critics, journals, literary genres, and literary movements, as well as subjects within the broader landscape of African American culture, such as Cooking, Detroit, Hip-Hop, Nation of Islam, Slang, and Voodoo/Vodoun. Specific works of literature do not have separate entries. Instead, articles on writers not only provide brief biographical data but also note key literary works.
Creating Black Americans : African-American history and its meanings, 1619 to the present
Call Number: E185 .P15 2006
Painter, a Princeton professor of history, integrates art and history in this fascinating book, filled with powerful images of black art from photographs to paintings to quilts that tell the story of black America. The book begins with the history and imagery of slavery through the Civil War and emancipation, then traces the cultural influences of the civil rights movement, the black power era, and ends with the hip-hop era. Through each period, Painter offers historical context for the artistic expressions and examines how more contemporary sensibilities shaped remembrances of historical events. She explores the ways that context and historical interpretation influence the artist's perspective and is subject to great variation over time. Although most of the works presented were created after the mid-twentieth century, they reflect a broader historical span as black artists have attempted to fill in the void of black images from earlier American history. - Booklist
African American art and artists
Call Number: Oversize N6538.N5 L38 2003
Examines the lives and works of African American artists from the eighteenth century to the present, with biographical and critical text and illustrated examples of their work.
African American music : an introduction
Call Number: Oversize ML3556 .A34 2006
Designed for an introductory course in African American music, this title focuses on musical genres & styles, moving chronologically from folk traditions to modern forms. A final section discusses the aesthetics of African American culture & music. Includes a discography, a videography, and a helpful glossary
Dancing many drums : excavations in African American dance
Call Number: GV1624.7.A34 D38 2002
DeFrantz challenges the reader to "rethink" the African American presence in dance theory, subject matter, and methodology in academic dance history. Through text and photos, the essays document dance as an agent of social change, offering new perspectives in dance history and questioning the existing hierarchy. Discussions of dance in Christian conversion, political and social identity, dance in African opera, dance-instruction songs, among other topics, reveal previously unknown facts and present little-known African American artists. - Choice
African Americans and the presidency : the road to the White House
Call Number: E185.96 .A455 2010
This book chronicles the gradual but inexorable efforts of more than 50 African Americans to obtain the US presidency. Among the essays are an examination of the initial efforts of Frederick Douglass and other black leaders in the 19th century to attain mainstream recognition and participation; the emergence of vocal (though mostly narrowly focused and unpopular) third parties in the 20th century that appealed to and nominated African American candidates; the impact of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s; and the more recent emergence of mainstream African American politicians and policy makers, such as Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Barack Obama, who have been able to attract substantial support from the two major parties.
Eyes on the prize
Call Number: VIDEO .E944 DVD v.1-7 [ED/DOC]
Official PBS and Blackside release of "Eyes on the Prize America's Civil Right Movement", an award winning 14-hour documentary series on the civil rights movement that brilliantly illuminates the struggle for racial equality and social justice. Produced by Blackside, the series uses compelling human stories to engage viewers in the landmark events of 1954 to 1985.
Africans in America : America's journey through slavery
Call Number: VIDEO .A415 DVD [ED/DOC]
A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America. This series exposes the truth through surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography, riveting first-person accounts and defines the reality of slavery's past through insightful commentary.
Call Number: VIDEO .R771 DVD [Reserves/Circ Desk]
An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", in which Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.
Did you see the movie Red Tails and want to learn more?
Follow the links in this InfoGuide by Paula Webb, Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian at the University Library, University of South Alabama, to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and African Americans in the Military.
Visit the "Spirit of Tuskegee" blog, to read about the journal of Captain Matt Quy as he flys a Stearman bi-plane that was used as a training plane for the Tuskegee Airmen in Moton, Alabama. Captain Quy has now embarked on a cross-country journey to Washington, DC where the plane will become part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s growing collection.
Oxford Biblical Studies Online consists of Bible texts plus commentary including over 5,000 A-Z entries from Oxford reference works, including the Oxford Companion to the Bible. 'African American traditions and the Bible' by Vincent L. Wimbush is an entry from the Oxford Companion to the Bible.
Wimbush discusses African Americans' interactions with the Bible from
the time of their arrival in the colonies as slaves through the late