The American Mosaic: The African American Experience

The American Mosaic: The African American Experience gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day.

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Key Content and Features

  • Nearly 8,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, slave narratives, speeches, court cases, quotations and more
  • More than 1,000 biographies of such famous political and social figures as W.E.B. DuBois, Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, and Mary McLeod Bethune as well as fascinating contemporary figures such as Amiri Baraka, Muhammad Ali, Drake and Oprah Winfrey
  • Fourteen “era” designations from the year 500 to the present
  • More than 40 transcript excerpts to provide user with a birds-eye view of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Commentaries from noted scholars that reflect multiple points of view and stimulate critical thinking
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

Rich content that stimulates critical thinking

Available in both academic and school versions, The American Mosaic: African American Experience covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, medicine, and more. Topics include Africans in Colonial North America, the Rise of Jim Crow, and the Black Power Movement.

Developed by African-American librarians and subject specialists and organized by era, this vast and accessible database covers the topic of African American history and its relation to U.S. history through published articles, essays, objects and artifacts, ideas and movements, images, documents, and other historical and culturally valuable sources. The database also includes an "Analyze" section which poses key questions to stimulate critical thinking.