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Welcome to Open Vault, the home of WGBH Media Library and Archives. We provide online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning. See the March on Washington 1963 Collection. Registration is required, but it's FREE!
A New Day
Seizing the new day : African Americans in post-Civil War Charleston by
Call Number: 305.896 J52s
"Seizing the New Day is a good book, carefully researched, logically organized, and clearly written.... an excellent model for others who would study change at the local level in this fascinating period of American history. And the volume is handsomely illustrated with well-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps."
The art of the possible : Booker T. Washington and Black leadership in the United States, 1881-1925 by
Call Number: 378.111 W317v
The Art of The Possible is a new study of the ideas and achievements of Booker T. Washington, the most influential African American leader of the period 1881-1915. Washington's program for racial uplift is assessed in the context of the key political, social and economic developments of his era, in a work which both incorporates original research and a systhesis of modern scholarship.
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins : Black daughter of the Revolution by
Call Number: 818.409 H795yb
Born into an educated free black family in Portland, Maine, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930) was a pioneering playwright, journalist, novelist, feminist, and public intellectual, best known for her 1900 novel "Contending Forces: A Romance of Negro Life North and South," In this critical biography, Lois Brown documents for the first time Hopkins's early family life and her ancestral connections to eighteenth-century New England, the African slave trade, and twentieth-century race activism in the North.
Been in the storm so long : the aftermath of slavery by
Call Number: 973.0496 L783b1
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book AwardBased on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this " rich and admirably written book" (Eugene Genovese, "The New York Times Book Review") aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites interacted in ways that dramatized not only their mutual dependency, but the ambiguities and tensions that had always been latent in " the peculiar institution."
The Fight Begins
Eyes on the prize : America's civil rights years, 1954-1965 by
Call Number: 323.4 WIL
Arguably the most tumultuous time in recent American history, the Civil Rights years inspired the most rational and irrational of human behaviors and set the stage for sweeping reform in the nation's race relations. Juan Williams's moving chronicle of the movement stands as the definitive history of the era.
Carry Me Home by
Call Number: 976.1 MCW
Publication Date: 2001-03-15
Du Bois and his rivals by
Call Number: 305.896 D816w
"W. E. B. Du Bois was the preeminent black scholar of his era. He was also a principal founder and for twenty-eight years an executive officer of the nation's most effective civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Even though Du Bois was best known for his lifelong stance against racial oppression, he represented much more. He condemned the racism of the white world but also criticized African Americans for mistakes of their own. He opposed segregation but had reservations about integration. Today he would be known as a pluralist."
Eyes on the prize DVD 732
The definitive story of the Civil Rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations are felt today.
4 Little Girls DVD 1172
"When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern."--Container.