"Highly recommended." CHOICE reviews African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

The January issue of CHOICE contains this review of African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998. Readex. ISBN For academic libraries, Readex offers a one-time tiered purchase price with an annual maintenance fee. 48-2437 [Internet Resource] URL: http://www.readex.com/

[Visited Oct'10] As part of Readex's America's Historical Newspapers collection, African-American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides full-text access to 270 historically significant African-American newspapers from across the US. The collection content is drawn from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Kansas State Historical Society, and the Library of Congress. With the selections guided by James Danky, editor of African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (CH, Feb'00, 37-3082), students and faculty will discover firsthand reports of major events and issues such as the Civil War, presidential elections, business and trade, the arts, and religion. Influential publications include The Cleveland Gazette (Cleveland, OH), The New York Age (New York, NY), L'Union (New Orleans, LA), and The Washington Bee (Washington, DC). Addition of Freedom's Journal, the first newspaper owned and operated by African Americans, was under way as this review went to press.

Researchers can access newspapers in a variety of ways. Search features are straightforward. In addition to searching a newspaper's full text, headline, or title, researchers may select newspapers from a region on a map or from a list of state names. Those seeking articles relevant to a particular time period may choose an era, e.g., the Roaring Twenties (1921-28), or a presidential era, e.g., Abraham Lincoln (1861-65). Researchers may also limit their search to an array of primary resources including letters, advertisements, and a variety of announcements. Covering more than a century and a half, this collection offers unique perspectives and rich historical context surrounding the African American experience. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. — L. A. Ganster, University of Pittsburgh

Freedom's Journal, the first African American newspaper in the U.S., is now live in the database.

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