African American History Links

The Walnut Hills High School library has a a rich collection of books about African American history and culture. Check these first! We also have many books by African American authors. There are many websites on African American History as well. The following are a few of the best.

General Information

Biographical Information

Historical Information


Underground Railroad

General Information
World Book Encyclopedia
A good general online enyclopedia with articles on all aspects of African American culture. You will have to choose this off the InfOhio menu; A username and password to access the INFOhio Electronic Resources is available from the school library media center.

An excellent source of up-to-date information on current people and events in the African American community. Also, during January and February each year, Newsbank has a special focus on African American history and culture. Password and username needed: 7675 for both.

Biographical Information
Biography Resource Bank
Biographies of famous Americans, including African Americans.

Student Resources in Context
Biographies of many famous people, living and dead, with links to magazine and newspaper articles about them. Password: cinc48953

Historical Information
African-American Odyssey
This on-line exhibition, compiled by the Library of Congress, uses vintage maps, government documents, book covers, sheet music, and other items to chart the course of African-American history from slavery through the civil rights movement. The items are divided into nine timeperiods, and captions and introductory essays put the images in historical context.

Digital Schomburg Images of 19th Century African Americans
In this on-line exhibit, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents hundreds of engravings and photographs of African Americans in the nineteenth century. These images are organized by subject, such as the Civil War, family, religion, and slavery.

The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture.

Africans in America
The on-line counterpart to the PBS television series Africans in America, this exhibit provides anin-depth look at slavery in the U.S. through interviews with contemporary historians; short biographical and historical essays; and paintings, advertisements, and other images.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
This site features the text of thirteen interviews with former slaves that were conducted by theWorks Progress Administration in the late 1930s.

Aboard a Slave Ship, 1829
Read about what Reverend Robert Walsh observed on a slave ship off the African coast in 1829.

Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad
From National Geographic, take this virtual journey along the Underground Railroad as if you were a slave choosing to run for freedom. NOTE: This site may load very SLOWLY depending on your computer.

Aboard the Underground Railroad

Kentucky's Underground Railroad
US News - America's Best High Schools - Ranked 65th in USA and awarded Gold Medal status.
Newsweek - America's Best High Schools 2010 - Walnut Hills Ranked 66th in USA and #1 in Ohio!