Black History Month Display

Next time you visit the Atascocita Branch Library, make sure to stop at our display on African Americans and the Civil War.  Please let us know if you would like to check out any of the books, or if you would like additional assistance finding items. This display was created by Circulation Assistant,  Janet Gibbons.

Additional Information

Underground Railroad, American Civil War

Most African Americans resisted enslavement. Whenever possible, individuals attempted to liberate themselves by running away. This Web site explores the history of the Underground Railroad that existed in the early 19th century to help enslaved people flee the South. The site contains topic headings, a chronology of events, photographs, maps, and more!

Our Shared History: African American Heritage 

This Web site is an on-line comprehensive resource on African American heritage. Topics vary widely from far-reaching travel guides to new information on the Underground Railroad to ways to find African American ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Learn about America's past and the history and events that commemorate our journey through several centuries as a free and sovereign nation.

From Slavery to Civil Rights: a Timeline of African-American History 
Created by the Library of Congress, this Web site provides educators with helpful information and resources on African-American history from the time of slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. This collection contains hundreds of items documenting African-American history, as well as activities and ideas for lesson plans. Explore such topics as: the Progressive Era, between the wars, and abolition.

African-American Sheet Music 1850-1920: Selected from the Collections of Brown University

This Web site is an on-line companion to a Library of Congress collection that consists of 1305 pieces of African American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. It includes many songs from the abolitionist movement, the Civil War period, the play Uncle Tom's Cabin, and emancipation. Come and explore the works of African-American popular composers such as: Ernest Hogan, Bob Cole, and Will Marion Cook. The music helps provide great insight into the racial attitudes of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

African Americans 1800-1870: There are many Stories yet to be Uncovered: who will give voice to the past?

The collection of information on African Americans from 1800 to 1870 is quite large, yet much of what is taught in school focuses on the well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Visitors are taught that although there were over three million slaves in the South at the beginning of the Civil War, there are hundreds of thousands of free blacks whose story goes untold. Find out how to research these unknown individuals to get a broader understanding of African American living and working environment.