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The Harvard Guide to African-American History

The Harvard Guide to African-American History

Edited by Leon F. Litwack and Darlene Clark Hine

ISBN 9780674002760

Publication date: 06/25/2001

This landmark guide covers research into every aspect of African-American life and work, offering a compendium of information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African-Americans' experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans.

The first part of the Guide contains 12 essays on historical research aids, from traditional archival and reference materials to the Internet. The second and largest part presents comprehensive and chronological bibliographies, prepared by John Thornton, Peter H. Wood, Gary B. Nash, Stephanie Shaw, Richard J. M. Blackett, Eric Foner, Leon F. Litwack, Joe W. Trotter, Jeffrey Conrad Stewart, Nancy L. Grant, Darlene Clark Hine, Clayborne Carson, John H. Bracey, Adam Biggs, and Corey Walker. The third part contains listings of resources on the special subjects of women, prepared by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; geographical areas; and autobiography and biography, prepared by Randall K. Burkett, Leon F. Litwack, and Richard Newman. A companion CD-ROM packaged with the book makes more than 15,000 bibliography entries available for computer searching.


  • This single-volume source will be one of the first things scholars consult for research in all aspects of African-American life and culture. A great value of the work is the lists of titles, repositories, and collections. There is no question this will be a special and enduring reference work in the field of African-American studies that all of us in the field will want to own.

    —David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass' Civil War


  • Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African American Studies at Harvard University.
  • Leon F. Litwack is A. & M. Morrison Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2007. He is also winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the American Book Award and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Film Grant.
  • Darlene Clark Hine is John A. Hannah Professor of History at Michigan State University.
  • Randall K. Burkett is Curator of the African American Collections at Emory University.
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the author of numerous books and has written extensively on the history of race and anti-Black racism in the Enlightenment. His most recent works include Stony the Road and The Black Church. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 960 pages
  • 2 x 6-1/2 x 10 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Editor-in-chief Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
  • Associate editor Randall K. Burkett
  • Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.