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Africana Studies: African America (United States)

A general guide to researching material on continental Africa and the global African Diaspora.

The resources on this page will help with your research on issues related to African American history and culture within the United States. Specifically those people of African descent who claim ancestry from enslaved Africans brought to the United States during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. You can also find information about populations of Afrodescendents that immigrated to the United States voluntarily.

Start your search...

Start with a Vassar Library catalog search for books, ebooks, and other materials and then try the following subject-specific databases for your research:

Reference Tools

The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (ed.) Reference E185.6 .O85 2012

The African American National Biography  

Slavery

Civil Rights