Over the course of Black History Month 2012, we’ve posted SCL Picks and new titles on a variety of topics: literature, fine arts, religion, gender, film studies, love, and even the first published novel by an African American woman. As February comes to a close, we thought we would round things out with four recent titles in the area of military history.
As always, we also encourage you to make use of the Stone Center Library’s Guide to the Web, which includes a section of online resources covering African American military history. Plus, did you know the itself Guide is searchable? In addition to perusing the Guide by topic, the “Search the Guide” bar allows for keyword searching to pull sites listed in the guide from across sections. For example, searching for “Tuskegee” yields this list of websites contained within the Guide: http://bit.ly/wnbZGo. Happy searching!
Reposted from the UNC Library News and Events blog:
Twelve historic accounts of African American slavery are newly available in reprint and online editions, thanks to a collaborative effort of the UNC Library and the University of North Carolina Press.
The venture, DocSouth Books, allows readers to purchase reprinted classic editions from the collections of the UNC Library. The books were originally scanned as part of the Library’s Documenting the American South (DocSouth) digital publishing program.
Beginning this month, UNC Press will offer bound print-on-demand copies of the books at prices ranging from $15 to $40. The Press will soon also make the books available as downloadable e-books.
The titles are slave narratives, or biographies and autobiographies of fugitive and former slaves. Included is Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave, recently slated for Hollywood adaptation by Brad Pitt.
The Library launched DocSouth in 1996 as a pilot to bring a small number of highlights from the stacks to a broader audience online. Today, DocSouth comprises fifteen collections of 1,454 digitized books, along with maps, images, oral histories, manuscripts, and primary source materials.
By converting some of those digital files to new print editions and even to e-books, access to rare materials has expanded greatly, said Jenn Riley, head of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, which includes DocSouth.
“Users now have two new ways to engage with these books,” she said. “This collaboration with the UNC Press makes perfect sense as a way to expand the scope of DocSouth.”
On June 19, 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX to enforce the previously declared abolition of slavery.
In recognition of this landmark event, Juneteenth was first established as a state holiday in Texas in 1980 and celebrates slavery’s end in the United States. Juneteenth is now celebrated in most states, including North Carolina, and it “celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.”
Here at the Stone Center Library, we encourage you to learn more about this holiday, the events surrounding emancipation, and African-American celebrations in general by recommending a few books to get you started:
- Juneteenth Texas: essays in African American folklore. Francis Edward Abernethy, senior editor; Carolyn Fiedler Satterwhite, assistant editor; coeditors, Patrick B. Mullen, Alan B. Govenar. 1996.
- African-American holidays, festivals, and celebrations: the history, customs, and symbols associated with both traditional and contemporary religious and secular events observed by Americans of African descent. By Kathlyn Gay; foreword by Jean Currie Church; introduction by Jessie Carney Smith. c2007.
- Festivals of freedom: memory and meaning in African American emancipation celebrations, 1808-1915. By Mitch Kachun. 2003.
- Juneteenth: a day to celebrate freedom from slavery. By Angela Leeperhttp. c2004. [Available at UNC’s Davis Library]
- The Emancipation Proclamation: a brief history with documents. By Michael Vorenberg. c2010.
- Final freedom : the Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment. By Michael Vorenberg. 2001.
Did you know? On this day in 1870, Fayetteville-born Hiram Revels became the first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Revels (1827-1901) trained as a minister and served the U.S. Union Army as both a recruiter and a chaplain during the Civil War. Over the course of his life, “”he would develop an impressive resume, serving as a teacher, pastor, lecturer, and public servant” (Middleton 2002: 319). Following his brief tenure in the U.S. Senate, Revels went on to become the first president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi.
Interested in learning more? Come by the Stone Center Library, where we have plenty of items to get you started:
As always, if you have any research questions, don’t hesitate to ask! We are open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our reference chat buddy name is StonecenterRef or you may also contact us via phone or email. Happy reading!
Coming this WEDNESDAY at 7pm in the Sonya Haynes Stone Center Theatre: “Freedom From the Rubble: A Colored Civil War Soldier Speaks”, a new play written & performed by Mike Wiley. FREE and open to the public, with a reception following the performance. Check out the poster below for more details, or peruse this recent press release on the play and its creator.