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Preface- Reading Program: Web pages

A guide for all Preface Novel Libguides

Passing / Biracial / One Drop Rule

Huffington Post article Striking Photos Challenge The Way We See Blackness

Time article Passing as Black: How Biracial Americans Choose Identity

Brief glossary of Political terms, movements, organizations and slang relating to slavery and racism in the United States

*** Frontline Program based on Thomas Jefferson's Blood line includes several articles about  

Defining Race - The "One Drop" rule, Census 2000: "Check All Races That Apply", "The Illogic of American Racial Categories"

"Forbidden Love" - Early Interracial Couples, Communities, Loving v. Virginia (1967), "Secret Daughter"

"Passing" for White - The Legacy of Passing, "Tragedy of the Mulatto" (1908), "Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man" (1912)


North American Slave Narratives

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Amanda Smith  Booker T. Washington  Title Page from A Narrative of Events Since the First of August, 1834, by James Williams  Hallie Q. Brown  Portrait of Omar ibn Said 

"North American Slave Narratives" collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920.

African American Odyssey - Library of Congress

African American Odyssey, the Library of Congress - Part of the Library of Congress's American Memory, a project to digitize historic collections for the National Digital Library. Digital primary historical materials include papers of Frederick Douglass held at LC, materials related to Jackie Robinson's break through baseball's color line, and selections of slave narratives and 19th century pamphlets.

Slavery Resource Guide - Library of Congress

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to slavery, including photographs, documents, and sound recordings. This guide compiles links to slavery resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on slavery and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.

Created by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist

Slave auction at Richmond, Virginia Library of Congress Web Site
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African -American Mosaic

The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress Resource Guide 
for the Study of Black History & Culture

Refugees on levee, April 17, 1897, photo by Carroll's Art Gallery