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  • The Oxford African American Studies Center provides   students, scholars and librarians with more than 20,000 articles by top scholars in the field
  • Over 2,500 images, more than 700 primary sources with specially written commentaries, and nearly 200 maps have been collected to enhance this reference content 
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Carla L. Peterson

Carla L. Peterson is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Maryland. Read Peterson's guest editorial essay "Black Modernity in Antebellum New York: A Cultural History". Find out more.

African Americans in San Francisco and Oakland

The Second Great Migration of African Americans saw men and women trek from southern and northern U.S. cities to California in the early 1940s.  In this photo essay, Michael Cheers explores a few institutions that are emblematic of the state of African Americans in the Bay Area.

May 2020 Update

This month the African American Studies Center added 39 new articles to the site. Explore the recently published articles now.

Letter From the Editor

Given that HBO’s Watchmen is about an alternate history of America, some people have wondered if its depiction of the Tulsa massacre is real, or if such a prosperous black community could have existed there in the first place. The answer to both question is yes.

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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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MAY 20, 2020

What's New: May 2020

This month, African American Studies Center adds 39 new articles.

JANUARY 28, 2020

What's New January 2020

This month, African American Studies Center adds 33 new articles.