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Slave Narratives

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

Some 6,000 narratives written by African American slaves were published between 1700 and 1950.  Memoirs written by slaves or former slaves—full of description, emotion, and reflection—begin the canon of African American literature and this Focus On Photo essay explores these narratives and their authors. Find out more.

Florence (Akeiso) Hall

The Memoir of Florence Hall

Read more about the life of Florence (Akeiso) Hall and the “Memoirs of Florence Hall”, a powerful glimpse of the ordeal of a young woman’s captivity in Africa, her experience of the Middle Passage, and her enslavement in early nineteenth-century Jamaica. Find out more.

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This month the African American Studies Center added 67 new articles to the site. Explore the recently published articles now.

Photograph of a monument, during the Black Lives Matter protests

Letter From the Editor

"The following is an excerpt from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, the companion book for the PBS series The Black Church, premiering in February 2021..."

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Augustus Jenkins, Jr., Winter Break

Latest Publication

The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography is a major biographical reference work covering the lives and legacies of notable Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and Latin American, men and women from all eras and walks of life.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

What's New in September 2021

This month African American Studies Center adds 74 new articles.

MAY 20, 2021

What's New in May 2021

This month African American Studies Center adds 67 new articles.

JANUARY 26, 2021

What's new in January 2021

This month African American Studies Center adds 60 new articles.