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AAGP: History

Materials geared towards the background and history of African Americans, including the slave trade (slavery) and historical wars.

The following resources are all located at the Milwaukee Public Library and on the web for you to use for your African American genealogical search. The call numbers (Dewey Classification numbers) are provided to make locating these materials easy.


The African American Atlas: Black History and Culture
by Molefi K. Asante and Mark T. Mattson.

Slave Trade

The African American Family in Slavery and Emancipation
by Wilma A. Dunaway.

The African Slave Trade From the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century
Reports and papers of the meeting of experts organized by Unesco at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 31 January to 4 February 1978.

The American Slave-Trade; An Account of its Origin, Growth and Suppression
by John R. Spears, illustrated by Walter Appleton Clark.

The Atlantic Slave Trade
by Herbert S. Klein.

Black Cargoes; A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1518-1865
by Daniel P. Mannix in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley.

Black Mother; The Years of the African Slave Trade, 1st American ed.
by Basil Davidson.

Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Smithsonian Institution Press.

A Comprehensive Name Index for The American Slave
compiled by Howard E. Potts; foreword by Charles Joyner.

Great Britain and the Slave Trade, 1839-1865
by William Law Mathieson.

The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade, Ancient and Modern
The forms of slavery that prevailed in ancient nations, particularly in Greece and Rome. The African slave trade and the political history of slavery in the United States. Compiled from authentic materials by W. O. Blake.

Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else
by Mary L. Jackson Fears.

The Slavery Reader
edited by Gad Heuman and James Walvin.

A Slaving Voyage to Africa and Jamaica: The Log of the Sandown, 1793-1794
by Bruce L. Mouser.

The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie: An African-American's Spiritual Journey to Uncover a Sunken Slave Ship's Past
by Michael H. Cottman.

Revolutionary War

Black Courage, 1775-1783: Documentation of Black Participation in the American Revolution
by Robert Ewell Greene.

The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution
by Sidney Kaplan and Emma Nogrady Kaplan.

Blacks in the American Revolution
by Philip S. Foner.

The Negro in the American Revolution
by Benjamin Quarles.

Civil War

Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia
by Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.

Climbing Up to Glory: A Short History of African Americans During the Civil War and Reconstruction
by Wilbert L. Jenkins.

Marching Toward Freedom: Blacks in the Civil War, 1861-1865
by James M. McPherson.

The Negro's Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union
by James M. McPherson.

Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War
by Ira Berlin, et al.

Indian War

African Americans on the Western Frontier
edited with an introduction by Monroe Lee Billington and Roger D. Hardaway.

The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877
by Paul H. Carlson.

The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West
by William H. Leckie, with Shirley A. Leckie.

Cathy Williams: From Slave to Female Buffalo Soldier
by Phillip Thomas Tucker.

On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier II: New and Revised Biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917
compiled and edited by Irene Schubert, Frank N. Schubert.

Voices of the Buffalo Soldier: Records, Reports, and Recollections of Military Life and Service in the West
edited by Frank N. Schubert.

World War I

Harlem's Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I
by Stephen L. Harris; foreword by Rod Raschall.

Scott's Official History of the American Negro in the World War
A complete and authentic narration, from official sources, of the participation of American soldiers of the Negro race in the world war for democracy; a full account of the war work organizations of colored men and women and other civilian activities, including the Red cross, the YMCA., the YWCA and the War camp community service, with official summary of treaty of peace and League of Nations covenant. Prefaced with highest tributes to the American Negro by Hon. Newton D. Baker, Gen. John J. Pershing, and the late Theodore Roosevelt.

Two Colored Women With the American Expeditionary Forces
by Addie W. Hunton, Kathryn M. Johnson

World War II

The 761st "Black Panther" Tank Battalion in World War II: An Illustrated History of the First African American Armored Unit to See Combat
by Joe Wilson, Jr.; foreword by Julius W. Becton, Jr.; afterward by Joseph E. Wilson, Sr. Jefferson, N.C.

African Americans and WW II
by Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History: 50th Anniversary of World War Commemoration Committee, Washington, D.C., c1994.

The Afro-American and the Second World War
by Neil A. Wynn.

Black Americans in World War II
by A. Russell Buchanan.

Buffalo Soldiers in Italy: Black Americans in World War II
by Hondon B. Hargrove.

Fighting for America: Black Soldiers--The Unsung Heroes of World War II
by Christopher Paul Moore.

The Invisible Soldier: The Experience of the Black Soldier, World War II
compiled and edited by Mary Penick Motley; with a foreword by Howard Donovan Queen.

The Messman Chronicles: African Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1932-1943
by Richard E. Miller.

The Tuskegee Airmen; The Story of the Negro in the U.S. Air Force
by Charles E. Francis.

The World War II Black Regiment That Built the Alaska Military Highway: A Photographic History
by William E. Griggs; edited by Philip J. Merrill; with an introduction by Douglas Brinkley.