The African American Experience

The American Mosaic (Academic)


The contributions of African Americans to every aspect of the United States—from the initial settlement of the Americas to the present day—are substantial. The African American experience encompasses the myriad contributions of individuals from the African American community who have achieved prominence in the arts, entertainment, the sciences, business, the military, and politics as well as nameless others who endured the travails of slavery and institutionalized discrimination. A collection that taps a tremendous variety of sources is required to cover a topic of this magnitude and the importance of understanding African American history and its relation to greater U.S. history.

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Developed with the guidance of African American librarians and subject specialists, The African American Experience: The American Mosaic has the widest depth and breadth of information available of any online database collection on African American history and culture.

The African American Experience: The American Mosaic is an authoritative research tool for African American history and culture, providing information from contributors who are experts in the field. Now benefiting from improved search functions and a simpler, more consistent learning platform, this ever-expanding collection provides the highest level of scholarship in the field.

Drawing on myriad sources and assembled with the guidance of leading librarians, this database gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day. This vast and accessible database covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, and other themes. The African American Experience is regularly updated with new content, additional documents, and innovative multimedia. Additionally, the Idea Exchange section—available only with ABC-CLIO databases—offer informative, scholarly essays on topics that are mainstays of community college and undergraduate writing assignments.


  • Contains more than 8,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, slave narratives, speeches, court cases, quotations, advertisements, and statistics
  • Exclusive Idea Exchange offers thesis-driven, peer-reviewed scholarly essays about such complex questions as "Are we living in a post-racial society?" and "Was Reconstruction an unfinished revolution?"
  • Features more than 50 topical overviews and nearly 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 such fascinating contemporary figures as Amiri Baraka, Muhammad Ali, Drake, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Includes 1,500 photographs, maps, and other images


  • Offers the widest-ranging, easiest-to-use online collection on African American history ever assembled
  • Covers the experiences of African Americans from their arrival in the Americas through to the present day; material on African origins are also included
  • Facilitates in-depth research for students at all levels to support classes in history, literature, political science, art, music, and other research projects
  • Provides an extensive array of primary source materials, including slave narratives and other firsthand accounts, in both print and audio formats


"ABC-CLIO has added Slave Narratives to its collection of cultural documents...These primary sources are well integrated with the historical essays. Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"These American Mosaic databases will be of interest to public, secondary, and some academic collections and can be marketed as both research and teaching tools. They offer accessible, relevant, and engaging information that will appeal to students. Recommended."—Booklist


2012 BESSIE Award Winner — ComputEd Gazette

Series Description

ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Editions

Created specifically for academic libraries, ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Editions provides essential coverage of topics in American history and government, world history, geography, and multicultural and popular culture subjects. These deep resources have been engineered to help undergraduates thrive in a demanding academic environment.

Each of the 14 online ABC-CLIO Solutions includes three innovative components:

A comprehensive, fully integrated, topic-specific reference library offers authoritative, award-winning content that includes rich media and thousands of primary sources that support authentic research and scholarship.

Updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts, the course companion reinforces the core concepts presented in textbooks, lectures, and discussion sections.

This collection of expert commentaries, located in the Idea Exchange section of each online solution, is unique to ABC-CLIO. They expose students to scholarly argument, persuasive writing, and primary source anaylsis. The Idea Exchange presents original, peer-reviewed scholarship and debate in a format accessible to undergraduates, and also serves as a model for students as they undertake their own research and writing activities.


  • Always current and updated daily with authoritative content reviewed by scholars and content experts
  • Supports academically underprepared students by making it easy for them to grasp complex topics
  • Online and available for students and educators to access anywhere, anytime
  • Compatible with federated search engines and most common citation software
  • Aligns with your budget by offering custom package options, significant discounts for multiple subscriptions, and low maintenance cost

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