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How Research on Flight Led to Discoveries about Race Relations

Chicago Tribune, December 19, 1903

Blog post regarding serendipity in research. "What really struck me was the serendipitous discovery of an article on race relations when I was looking for Wright brothers material," says the author. Written by Stanley Bowling, Supervisor, Content Operations at ProQuest and posted on February 11, 2016.

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11 Feb 2016

Fighting Discrimination and Segregation outside the South

Letter from Cincinnati NAACP branch leaders William Bowen and Lloyd Trotter to local residents of Cincinnati regarding the branch’s campaign against employment discrimination.

New scholarship has revealed vibrant civil rights movements in locations outside of the southern United States.

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09 Feb 2016

From Punishment to Literacy: Slaves on a Southern Plantation

Page showing the first two rules in John Hartwell Cocke’s “Standing Regulations for the Government of John H. Cocke’s Overseers.”

The Cocke Family Papers document the lives of John Hartwell Cocke’s slaves and former slaves in their own words.

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01 Feb 2016

Becoming a Hero under the Shadow of Jim Crow

Image: Washington, Booker T.  Booker T. Washington Papers Collection, Volumes 1-14. University of Illinois Press, Oct 2014. Ed. by John W. Blassingame and Pete Daniel.

Blog post on Booker T. Washington, who was seen as “the outstanding American black man of his day and the supreme black example of the success hero.” Written by Daniel Lewis, ProQuest Sr. Product Manager, and posted on January 26, 2016.

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26 Jan 2016

The Future of the African American Past

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and images from the U.S. civil rights movement

"The Future of the African American Past" was one of numerous inspiring sessions about African American history at the 2016 AHA Annual Meeting.

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18 Jan 2016

3 Approaches for Students Researching the Montgomery Bus Boycott

FBI report on the bombing of Martin Luther King Jr.’s home in Montgomery. Source: History Vault: Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records, Centers of the Southern Struggle

The Montgomery Bus Boycott provided a key spark to what became the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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08 Dec 2015

Find Primary Sources for 15 Historical Topics without Breaking a Sweat

Telegram from ProQuest History Vault, U.S. State Department Central Files, 1960-1969

The U.S. State Department Central Files cover various topics of interest to the State Department and government agencies involved in international relations.

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17 Nov 2015

Upheaval in American Indian History: The Apache Campaign of 1886

 Letter from General Nelson A. Miles announcing the capture of Geronimo.

The U.S. Army’s pursuit of Geronimo is documented in extensive detail in History Vault, American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971.

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12 Nov 2015

The “Dismal Science” and the 1960s

The importance of the U.S. economy during the 1960's is often overlooked in the shadow of era's social, cultural, and political events.

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28 Oct 2015

NAACP Papers: Owners of Store Threaten to Summon KKK

A review of legal cases covering the key issues the NAACP confronted during the peak years of the modern civil rights movement.

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26 Oct 2015