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African American Literature Up to 1940



MLA International Bibliography
1926- . The most comprehensive index to journal articles, books, dissertations, and other materials relating to literature, folkore, and film studies. Indexes more than 4400 journals. Rutgers-restricted Access
Literature Online (LION)
In addition to the full text of over 350,000 English-language literary works, you can select "Criticism" to search over 430 full-text literature journals as well as citations from the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature. Rutgers-restricted Access.


America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Rutgers-restricted Access.

Some Core African American Journals

The Crisis: Record of the Darker Races
1910- 1922. Browse W.E.B. Du Bois's The Crisis, the house magazine of the NAACP. Actively promoted the arts, and published a lot of notable African American authors. From the Modernist Journals Project (, which digitizes English-language literary magazines from the 1890s to the 1920s.
The Digital Colored American Magazine
"From 1900 to 1909, during a period of intensifying racial violence and black disfranchisement in the United States, the Colored American Magazine served a vital role in promoting the development of African American literature, protesting injustice, and contesting dominant representations of African American culture and history."

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