Black Thought and Culture TRIAL through Sept 30th.

Black Thought and Culture from Alexander Street Press is available as a TRIAL until Sept 30th. Once you have tried the Black Thought and Culture database, please return to this blog and complete our online survey. Your opinions will help us in making a decision about subscribing to this database.

Black Thought and Culture
is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history. In addition to the most familiar works, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. The ideas of nearly 100 people present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America.

Approximately 20% of the content is previously unpublished and fugitive, such as the laboriously recovered transcript of the Muhammad Ali trial; a full run of The Black Panther newspaper, with full-color images of every page as well as searchable text; and 2,500 pages of Panther oral histories owned by the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, published as text and also with selected audio files here for the first time.

Newly added is the full run of the journal Artist and Influence, originally published by the Hatch-Billops Collection. The journal includes 5,000 pages of rare interviews, oral histories, photos, original art, poetry, and other firsthand perspectives tracking African American cultural trends in the 20th century.

Note: This introduction is compiled directly from the product description at the Alexander Street Press site. For more information about individuals included in the collection, please see the complete description at Alexander Street Press.

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Janet Clarke

Janet Clarke

Associate Dean, Research & User Engagement at Stony Brook University Libraries
Janet Clarke
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