ABOUT THIS BOOK
"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." These words are from the front page of Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper published in the United States, in 1827, a milestone event in the history of an oppressed people. From then on a prodigious and hitherto almost unknown cascade of newspapers, magazines, letters, and other literary, historical, and popular writing poured from presses chronicling black life in America.
The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography of over 6,000 entries is the indispensable guide to the stories of slavery, freedom, Jim Crow, segregation, liberation, struggle, and triumph.
Besides describing many new discoveries--from church documents to early civil rights ephemera, from school records to single-mother newsletters, from artists' journals to labor publications--this work informs researchers where and how to find them (for example, through online databases, microfilm, or traditional catalogs).
The first comprehensive guide to all known newspapers and magazines by and about African-Americans. With the oldest recorded publications dating back to 1827, the two-volume bibliography accounts for close to 6,500 titles in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. For each description, the book informs the researchers where certain copies of the publication can be found, either on microfilm or a hard copy. National Endowment for the Humanities President William Ferris called the work a 'historic landmark.'
-- Elizabeth Hurt Wisconsin State Journal
A remarkable achievement in bibliographic scholarship...The result of a 10-year project of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, African-American Newspapers and Periodicals fills a need long felt by archivists, librarians, and scholars for a national comprehensive bibliography and union list of African-American newspapers and periodicals.
-- Catherine Crohan MultiCultural Review
Impressive and authoritative, this annotated bibliography describes more than 6,000 African American newspapers and periodicals...A moving introduction by Danky describes the project, and how the collecting habits of libraries have not always worked toward the identification, collection, and preservation of African American publications. The resulting work is a remarkable labor of love and an invaluable contribution to American history, African American studies, and reference resources.
-- S. A. Vega Garcia Choice
Drawing from the work of Wisconsin's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals Bibliography Project (1989-1998), Danky has compiled information about periodicals published between 1827 and 1998. Arranged alphabetically by running title, entries list the frequency of publication, current editor and editorial address, subscription rates, publisher, previous editors, variations in title and place or frequency of publication, indexing...There is also a thoughtful introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
-- Elizabeth Connor Library Journal
The location of 6562 titles is in itself amazing. Many are short-lived, meeting the fate of most publishing ventures, and never established themselves as economically or culturally viable. For many years most libraries did not intentionally collect Negro publications. Yet here they are...I call it an invaluable resource.
-- Albert Henderson Publishing Research Quarterly