Black Thought and Culture

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Black Thought and Culture offers the full text of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writing by leading figures in African American life and culture, including Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson and hundreds of others. Types of material include articles and essays, monographs, speeches, interviews, pamphlets and correspondence. Approximately twenty percent is previously unpublished, including transcripts from the Columbia University Oral History Project. Also available online for the first time is the complete run of the Black Panther newspaper, 1966 through 1980.


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Dates covered

Certain documents go as far back as the early eighteenth century, but most are from the twentieth century. There is a wide selection of abolitionists' writings from the nineteenth century.

Updating frequency

The collection is complete.


Books (including speeches, correspondence, etc.), journals and magazines, newspapers, oral history transcripts, archival material.

Type of coverage

Full text.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Approximately eighty percent of the material was previously published in books or periodicals.

Producer/content provider

Alexander Street Press

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press