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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. Links to our CountyCat catalog are provided to make it easy to locate these materials.


The African American Atlas: Black History and Culture by Molefi K. Asante and Mark T. Mattson. 973.0496073 A798 1998

Slave Trade

The African American Family in Slavery and Emancipation by Wilma A. Dunaway. 306.362 D897

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. 326 A258

The American Slave-Trade; An Account of its Origin, Growth and Suppression
by John R. Spears, illustrated by Walter Appleton Clark. 326.1 S74

The Atlantic Slave Trade by Herbert S. Klein. 382.44 K64 2010

Black Cargoes; A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1518-1865
by Daniel P. Mannix in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley. 326.1 M284

Black Mother; The Years of the African Slave Trade, 1st American ed.
by Basil Davidson. 967 D252

Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Smithsonian Institution Press. 382.44 C254

A Comprehensive Name Index for The American Slave
compiled by Howard E. Potts; foreword by Charles Joyner. 929.373 P871

Great Britain and the Slave Trade, 1839-1865 by William Law Mathieson.
326.942 M43G 

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. 326.9 B63

Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else by Mary L. Jackson Fears.
929.108996 F288

The Slavery Reader edited by Gad Heuman and James Walvin. 306.362 S632

A Slaving Voyage to Africa and Jamaica: The Log of the Sandown, 1793-1794
by Bruce L. Mouser. 380.144 M932

The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie: An African-American's Spiritual Journey to Uncover a Sunken Slave Ship's Past by Michael H. Cottman. 975.941 C849 

Revolutionary War

Black Courage, 1775-1783: Documentation of Black Participation in the American Revolution by Robert Ewell Greene. 973.315 G811 

The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution by Sidney Kaplan and Emma Nogrady Kaplan. 973.3 K17 1989 

Blacks in the American Revolution by Philip S. Foner. 973.315 F673

The Negro in the American Revolution by Benjamin Quarles. 973.315 Q15 1996

Civil War

Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia by Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.
973.7475 J82

Climbing Up to Glory: A Short History of African Americans During the Civil War and Reconstruction by Wilbert L. Jenkins. 973.708996 J529 

Marching Toward Freedom: Blacks in the Civil War, 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson. 973.715 M172M 1994

The Negro's Civil War: How American Negroes Felt and Acted During the War for the Union by James M. McPherson. 973.71 M172 & 973.715 M172 1982 

Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War
by Ira Berlin, et al. 973.7 S631 1993

Indian War

African Americans on the Western Frontier edited with an introduction by Monroe Lee Billington and Roger D. Hardaway. 978.00496 A258

The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877 by Paul H. Carlson. 355.008996 C284

The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West
by William H. Leckie, with Shirley A. Leckie. 978.00496 L462 2003

Cathy Williams: From Slave to Female Buffalo Soldier by Phillip Thomas Tucker.
92 W72212T

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. 923.573 O58 BK2

Voices of the Buffalo Soldier: Records, Reports, and Recollections of Military Life and Service in the West edited by Frank N. Schubert. 355.008996 V889

World War I

Harlem's Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I
by Stephen L. Harris; foreword by Rod Raschall. 940.41273 H316H

Scott's Official History of the American Negro in the World War by Emmett Jay Scott. 940.91 S41

Two Colored Women With the American Expeditionary Forces by Addie W. Hunton, Kathryn M. Johnson, and William Alphaeus Hunton. 940.403 H955

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.
940.5403 W749

African Americans and WW II  by Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History: 50th Anniversary of World War Commemoration Committee.
940.5403 A258 

The Afro-American and the Second World War by Neil A. Wynn. 940.5315 W988 1993

Black Americans in World War II by A. Russell Buchanan. 940.5403 B918

Buffalo Soldiers in Italy: Black Americans in World War II by Hondon B. Hargrove. 
940.541273 H279

Fighting for America: Black Soldiers--The Unsung Heroes of World War II
by Christopher Paul Moore. 940.5403 M823

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. 940.5403 I62 1987 

The Messman Chronicles: African Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1932-1943
by Richard E. Miller. 359.008996 M649

The Tuskegee Airmen: The Story of the Negro in the U.S. Air Force
by Charles E. Francis. 940.93 F817

The World War II Black Regiment That Built the Alaska Military Highway: A Photographic History by William E. Griggs. 940.5403 G857