Black America

A State-by-State Historical Encyclopedia

by Alton Hornsby, Jr., Editor


African Americans are the second most-populous racial group in the United States, as well as the largest racial minority. African Americans have been integral to every part of our story, from their arrival as indentured servants at the first colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in the early 1600s until today.

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August 2011


Pages 1010
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/African American Studies

This two-volume encyclopedia presents a state-by-state history of African Americans in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

African American populations are established in every area of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska (more than10 percent of the population of Fairbanks, Alaska, is African American). Black Americans have played an invaluable role in creating our great nation in myriad ways, including their physical contributions and labor during the slavery era; intellectually, spiritually, and politically; in service to our country in military duty; and in areas of popular culture such as music, art, sports, and entertainment.

The chapters extend chronologically from the colonial period to the present. Each chapter presents a timeline of African American history in the state, a historical overview, notable African Americans and their pioneering accomplishments, and state-specific traditions or activities. This state-by-state treatment of information allows readers to take pride in what happened in their state and in the famous people who came from their state.


  • Contributions from experts in various fields
  • Coverage includes timeline, historical overview, notables, cultural contributions, and bibliography
  • Boasts numerous historical photos


  • First to provide state-by-state historical coverage of African Americans
Author Info

Alton Hornsby, Jr., PhD, is Fuller E. Callaway professor of history at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. His published works include Black Power in Dixie: A Political History of African Americans in Atlanta and Southerners Too: Essays on the Black South, 1733-1990.



"A great introduction to black history."School Library Journal

"This two-volume set provides a concise history of the African American presence from colonial times to the present. Rather than consisting of traditional encyclopedia entries, the set is made up of alphabetically arranged chapters devoted to each state as well as the District of Columbia. The clearly and concisely written chapters contain the same sections: "Chronology," "Historical Overview," "Notable African Americans," "Cultural Contributions," and "Bibliography." . . . Overall, this would be a useful addition for high-school and academic libraries."Booklist

"Each state entry in this two-volume set is prefaced with a time line that highlights important events. The concise yet rich historical overview that follows expands on these events and themes, tracing the black experience from slavery to the present. . . . Each entry concludes with a comprehensive bibliography that highlights resources specific to the state, making this an excellent resource for those looking for an introduction to the black experience across the nation. Summing Up: Recommended."Choice

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