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Slavery and Anti-Slavery includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade. It is broken up into four parts.

Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition contains 7,277 books and pamphlets, more than eighty newspaper and periodical titles, and eighteen major manuscript collections, from 1490 to 1896

Part II: The Slave Trade in the Atlantic World continues this ground-breaking series by charting the inception of slavery in Africa and its rise as perpetuated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, with particular focus on the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. 

Part III: The Institution of Slavery is particularly strong in its significant coverage of Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. It examines the institution of slavery through legal documents, plantation records, personal accounts, newspapers, and government documents.

Part IV: Age of Emancipation includes a range of rare documents related to the emancipation of slaves in the United States, as well as Latin America, the Caribbean, and other areas of the world. 

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Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations paints a rich canvas of Black history through time. Five thousand quotes are culled from the time of Ancient Egypt through American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Era, Apartheid, to the present day. With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and passages from authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theologians, activists, politicians, and many others, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations will appeal not only to quote aficionados and researchers, but also to history buffs. Aesop’s Fables and the Holy Bible are in the same company as Nelson Mandela and President Obama; Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison; Bob Marley and Jay-Z.


An Overview of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library

  The Africana Library was founded along with the Africana Studies and Research Center (ASRC) in the fall of 1969. Its budget and resources came directly from ASRC until 1986, when it came under the management of Cornell University Library. That year, the first professional librarian, Thomas Weissinger, was hired and the library was renamed the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library. The renaming of the library was significant because it connected it with a prominent scholar who epitomized Africana Studies, Dr.

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