Volume I: 1. Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World. Selections from The Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African, Written by Himself. Selections from A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa. Selections from Willem Bosman, A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea Divided into the Gold, the Slave, and the Ivory Coasts Translated from Dutch. Selections from The Hawkins Voyage. Selections from "William Snelgrave's Account of Guinea" in Elizabeth Donnan ed., Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America. Illustration: "The Plan of the Brookes" in Elizabeth Donnan ed., Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America. Selections from The History of Mary Prince. 2. Slavery and Race in Early America. Selections from William Waller Hening ed., The Statutes at Large: Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature in the Year, 1619. Selections from John Rogers Williams ed., Philip Vickers Fithian, Journal and Letters 1767-1774. "The Stono Insurrection, South Carolina, 1739," in Allen D. Chandler ed., The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia. "Lord Dunmore's Proclamation," in Robert L. Scribner ed., Revolutionary Virginia: The Road to Independence. Petitions of African Americans to Massachusetts General Court to abolish slavery, 1773-1774, 1777. Selections from Prince Hall, A Charge Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797 at Menotomy. Letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson, 1792. Poems by Phillis Wheatley and Lucy Terry Prince. "Gabriel's Conspiracy, 1800" in H.W. Flournoy ed., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts from January 1, 1799, to December 31, 1807; Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond. 3. The Peculiar Institution. Selections from the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Selections from Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Selections from Solomon Northrup, Twelve Years a Slave... Selections on Harriet Tubman: Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Sarah Bedford, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Plantation work and management in the Old South, Manual of Rules. Selections from Emily P. Burke, Reminiscences of Georgia. Selections from Erskine Peters ed., Lyrics of the Afro-American Spirituals: A Documentary Collection. Selections from Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, The Book of Negro Folklore. "Day to Day Resistance to Slavery" in Willie Lee Rose ed., A Documentary History of Slavery in North America. Selections from William Still, The Underground Railroad. The Confessions of Nat Turner... Selections from Petition to Southern Legislatures, 1777-1867. Letters by Slave Women, Selections from Dorothy Sterling ed., We Are Your Sisters. 4. North of Slavery. Appeal of Forty Thousand Citizens, Threatened with Disfranchisement, to the People of Pennsylvania. Charles Remond, Address on Discrimination, "Before the Legislative Committee in the House of Representatives," in Liberator. William Douglass, Annals of the First African Church in the United States of America. Joseph Wilson, Sketches of the Higher Classes. Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm, Freedom's Journal. Selections from David Walker's Appeal. Maria Stewart, What If I am a Woman? Selections from Minutes and proceedings of the First Annual Convention of the people of Colour. Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society, in First Annual Report of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Henry Highland Garnet, Address to the Slaves of the United States of America. Fourth of July Speech by Frederick Douglass. Selections from Sisters of the Spirit (AME women). Selections from Proceedings of the National Emigration Convention of Colored people. John S. Rock, "Address to a Meeting in Boston," in Liberator. Francis E.W. Harper, The Colored People in America. 5. The Negro's Civil War. The Fugitive Slave Act, 1850. The Dred Scott Decision, 1857. Black Reactions to John Brown. "Testimony by the Superintendent of Contrabands at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, Before the American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission," in Ira Berlin et al. eds. Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. Second Confiscation Act and Militia Act, 1862. Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863. "Many Thousands Gone" and "Kingdom Coming" in Louis A. Banks ed., Immortal Songs of Camp and Field. "New York City Draft Riots," Dr. John Torrey to Asa Gray, July 13, 1863. "Speech of Frederick Douglass," in Addresses of... "Battle of Port Hudson," in William Wells Brown, The Negro in the American Rebellion: His Heroism and His Fidelity. "Black Soldiers Struggle for Equal Pay." Letter by Wolverine, A.M.E. Christian Recorder. "Marching Song of the First Arkansas Colored Regiment of the Union Army," in The Negro in American History. Selections from Susie King Taylor, A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs. Selections from Edwin S. Redkey ed., A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African American Soldiers in the Union Army, 1861-1865. Selections from Elizabeth Keckley, Behind the Scenes. 6. Black Reconstruction. "Colloquy with Colored Ministers," in Journal of Negro History. Selections from Brenda Stevenson ed., The Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke. Selections from Families and Freedom. Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Civil Rights Act, 1875. Illustration, "The First Colored Senator and Representatives in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States." Selections from Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of South Carolina. Henry M. Turner, Speech on the Eligibility... Hamburg Riot, in South Carolina in 1876. Blanche K. Bruce, Address to the United States Senate, in Congressional Globe. Frederick Douglass Protests Supreme Court Decision, in Proceedings of the Civil Rights Mass-Meeting... George H. White, "Address to the United States House of Representatives, 1901." Volume II: 1. Black Reconstruction. Contains all the readings from Chapter 6 of Volume I. 2. The Age of Jim Crow. Selections from Proceedings from the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States... Selections from T. Thomas Fortune, Black and White: Land, Labor and Politics in the South. Selections from Idea B. Wells, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases. A Shares Contract, "Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Texas." Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896, Majority Opinion and Dissenting Opinion by Justice John Marshall Harlan. W.E.B. Du Bois on The Talented Teeth. Selections from Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery. Fred R. Moore, "Organizing Local Business League,"Report of the Fifth Annual Convention of the National Negro Business League...1904. "Peonage in the South," in The Crisis, December 1910 and August 1911. Warren S. Reese to the Attorney General, June 15, 1903. Charles S. Johnson, Shadow of the Plantation. James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." Alice Dunbar-Nelson, "Negro Literature for Negro Pupils,"Southern Workman LI, Feb. 1922. W.E.B. Du Bois, "To the Nations of the World," Address of the Pan-African Congress. W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Niagara Movement,"Voice of the Negro II. Second Annual Report, N.A.A.C.P., Jan. 1, 1912 and Report of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Years 1917 and 1918, Eighth and Ninth Annual Reports. Mary Church Terrell, "Club Work of Colored Women,"Southern Workman XXX, August 1901. Selections from Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice from the South. Selections from the Autobiography of Amanda Berry Smith. 3. The Urban Condition. "Letters of Black Migrants" in Carter G. Woodson Collection, Library of Congress. Selections from Horace Cayton, Long Old Road. Selections from The Chicago Commission on Race Relations, The Negro in Chicago: A Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot. Walter F. White, "The Race Conflict in Arkansas," in The Survey LXIII (December 13, 1919). East St. Louis Riots documents. Ella Baker and Marvel Cooke, "The Bronx Slave Market" in The Crisis XLII, November 1935. Amy Jacques-Garvey ed., Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey. Arthur Huff Fauset, Black Gods of the Metropolis... Selections from James Weldon Johnson, Black Manhattan. Selections from Black Life in Washington D.C. Selections from W.E.B. Du Bois, The Philadelphia Negro. Selections from Arna Bontemps and Jack Conroy, They Seek a City. Langston Hughes, The Big Sea. Alain Locke, The New Negro, Introduction. Charles Johnson, Ebony and Topaz, Introduction. Selections from Gerda Lerner, Black Women in White America. 4. A New Deal for Blacks. "Resolutions of the Second Armenia Conference, August 18-21, 1933." Roi Ottley, New World A-Coming. The Official Proceedings of the National Negro Congress. Selections from Victoria Byerly ed., Hard Times. John P. Davis, "A Black Inventory of the New Deal,"Crisis XLII, May 1935. Jean Collier, The Negro Woman Worker. Executive Order 8803, Fair Employment Practice Commission, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941. "A. Philip Randolph's March of Washington Call," in The Black Worker, May 1941. "Statement of William H. Hastie Recently Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War," in Baltimore Afro-American, February 2, 1943. Selections from Mary McLeod Bethune, My Legacy. "To Secure These Rights," President's Commission on Civil Rights, 1947. Barbara Doyle, The Etiquette of Race Relations. Charles Johnson, Patterns of Negro Segregation. 5. Eyes on the Prize. Kenneth Clark, "The Background: The Social Scientists,"Journal of Social Issues IX, 1953. Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, 1954. Martin Luther King, Jr., Our Struggle: The Story of Montgomery. Selections from Daisy Bates, The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Freedom Songs, "We Shall Overcome," "We Shall Never Turn Back." "Program of the Chicago Freedom Movement." Founding Statement of SNCC. The Radical Education Project, Black Power SNCC Speaks for Itself: A Collection of Interviews and Statements. Civil Rights Act, 1964, Voting Rights Act, 1965. Stokely Carmichael on Black Power in Notes and Comment. Malcolm X, "Message to the Grassroots," in George Breitman ed., Malcolm X Speaks... Report of the National Advisory Committee on Civil Disorders. Police Statement on Black Panthers in Riots, Civil and Criminal Disorders... 6. And Still We Are Not Saved. The Combahee River Collective, A Black Feminist Statement, 1974. Selected Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action. June Jordan, "Notes from the Bahamas," in On Call. Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, "Speech Before the National Conference of Black Mayors," Hartford, Connecticut, April 19, 1985. Mayor Harold Washington's Plan for Urban Restoration, 1984. Sam R. Delany, "The Possibility of Possibilities," in In the Life. A. Leon Higginbotham, "An Open Letter to Justice Clarence Thomas from a Federal Judicial Colleague." African American Women in Defense of Ourselves, New York Times, 1991. Call for the Million Man March, 1995. Article on the history of Hip Hop. Selections from Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam, Brother to Brother. L.A. Riots. Black Conservatives: Thomas Sowell, "False Assumptions about Black Education" in The Fairmont Papers. Article on Crack from Source Magazine.
John H. Bracey, Jr. and Manisha Sinha teach in the WE.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. John Bracey has published widely in the field of African American history and was one of the pioneering figures in the construction of the new black history. Some of his publications include Black Nationalism in America (1970) and Strangers and Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999). Manisha Sinha received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft Award. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (2000) and several articles in black and southern history.
"AFRICAN AMERICAN MOSAIC: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY FROM THE SLAVE TRADE TO THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY provides an important new collection of sources in black history. The strength of these volumes derives from the diverse selections brought together by Bracey and Sinha, including many rarely-excerpted documents and voices that illuminate the experiences of black women. This fresh and lively work will undoubtedly promote spirited discussion among students and teachers." - Darlene Clark Hine, Michigan State University, co-author of A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America and president of the Southern Historical Association "No one has ever assembled a richer nor more expertly edited collection of primary documents for African American history than Bracey and Sinha. These are not merely brief excerpts, but carefully prepared selections of the great texts that transport the reader into the experience of Africans and African Americans in the transformation from slavery to freedom. The famous narratives are here; but also some deft choices such as the three clauses about slavery from the Constitution and the three versions of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. All teachers of African American history should adopt this volume." - David W. Blight, Yale University, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory "Ranging over four centuries of African-American life, and combining well-known and relatively obscure documents, and the voices of the prominent and the anonymous, this collection offers an outstanding introduction to the black experience in the United States. - Eric Foner, Columbia University, author of The Story of American Freedom and former president of the American Historical Association.