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ProQuest Resource: Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The BadgerLink team would like to share a freely available resource from ProQuest, vendor of BadgerLink resources HeritageQuest Online, U.S. Newsstream, and Library Edition- World Collection. This resource is freely available to access and bookmark at Therefore, you do not need to login to BadgerLink to access this resource.

ProQuest developed this website focused on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. Their intention is to support a wide range of students (see examples for using in teaching and learning), as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.

By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, ProQuest hopes this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.

This website contains approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:

  • Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

To learn more about this collection, visit their About page.

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