Black History Month is celebrated annually in February. It is a time reserved for all of us to reflect on the many contributions African-Americans have made to the American way of life. The following publications, available for sale from the Government Printing Office, highlight some of the important events involving African-Americans throughout the course of our history.
Publisher: Interior Dept., National Park Service, Division of Cultural Resources, Boston National Historical Park
Description: Describes the significant part played by blacks and Native Americans at the beginning of the American Revolution.
Year/Pages: 2005: 268 p.; ill.
Publisher: Interior Dept., National Park Service, Office of Publications
Description: Tells the story of John Brown's raid on the armory at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia in 1859, including events leading up to the raid and its aftermath. Also contains a brief biography of John Brown, and an eyewitness account of his capture. This publication may also be purchased at $247.00 per 100 copies when mailed to one address.
Year/Pages: 1973: 76 p.; ill. 1990-repr.
Publisher: Interior Dept., National Park Service, Division of Publications
Description: Describes the many ways that blacks took to escape slavery in the southern United States before Civil War. This handbook draws together court records, buildings, letters, and memories as well as the research of historians. This publication may also be purchased at $262.00 per 100 copies when mailed to one address.
Year/Pages: 1997: 88 p.; ill.
Publisher: Interior Dept., National Park Service
Description: Provides a brief history of Slavery in America from 1450 to 1865 and describes how slaves were brought to freedom through the Underground Railroad. This publication may also be purchased at $67.00 per 100 copies when mailed to one address.
Year/Pages: 1996: Folder; ill.
Publisher: Defense Dept., Air Force, Air Force History and Museums Program
Description: Describes relations between white and black Americans in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Through confrontation with black and white liberal groups, the Army Air Forces learned that active commitment, vital leadership, and equal opportunity produced a more viable military organization than segregation and unequal treatment.
Year/Pages: 2004: 60 p.; ill.
Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center
Description: Covers the contribution of African-American sailors in the Korean War conflict. Recounts the African-American Struggle to achieve equal treatment and opportunity in the Navy, especially during and after the Second World War. It explores the changes in society, politics, and necessities of war that persuaded the Navy to amend its racial policies to include African-Americans in open enlisted ratings and the general line officer corps.
Year/Pages: 2003: 56 p.; ill.
Publisher: Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History
Description: Analyzes the operations of the all-black 24th Infantry during the Korean War to determine how well the unit and its associated engineers and artillery unit performed, and whether deficiencies occurred. Seeks their military causes and looks at how those influences and events intersected with the racial prejudices prevalent at that time. Additionally, this publication gives a brief history of the service of black soldiers in the Civil War and World War I.
Year/Pages: 1996: 312 p.; ill.
Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps, History and Museums Division
Description: Presents an account of the Marine Corps' efforts in the last three decades to increase the presence of African-Americans within its officer ranks.
Year/Pages: 2000: 64 p.; ill.
Publisher: House, Committee on House Administration, Office of the Clerk
Description: Provides the most comprehensive source available on the 229 women, including African American women, who have served in U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from the first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, to the members of the 109th Congress. Covers the breadth of the story of congressional women. Includes photographs.
Year/Pages: 2006: 1015 p.; ill.
Publisher: Congress, Joint Committee on Printing
Description: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States, From the First to the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789 to January 3, 2005, Inclusive. Closing date of compilation, January 3, 2005. Includes biographies of every one, including African Americans and Latinos serving in the Continental Congress or the U.S. Congress from 1774-2004.
Year/Pages: 2005: 2236 p.
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