Each single-themed report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist, footnoted and professionally fact checked. The consistent, reader-friendly organization provides researchers with an introductory overview, which poses and addresses relevant questions; a background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; a pro/con debate by representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
BlackPast.org is an online encyclopedia of African American history. It features essays, timelines, bibliographies, the full text of major speeches given between 1789 and the present day, primary documents such as court decisions, government reports, executive orders, and laws, all of which help describe the African American past. It has four gateway pages with links to 50 digital archive collections, 75 African American museums and research centers, 12 genealogical research websites, and over 500 other resource centers on the Internet.
Founded in 2004 by UW History Professor Quintard Taylor, BlackPast makes available a wealth of materials on African American history in one central location on the Internet. It is dedicated to providing a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African America and of people of African ancestry around the world. We aim to promote greater understanding through this knowledge to generate constructive change in our society.
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