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In celebration of Barack Obama’s inauguration and in commemoration of Black History Month, Oxford University Press is making the Oxford African American Studies Center freely available to the public through February.

The African American Studies Center includes core content from 5 major Oxford encyclopedias covering all aspects of the African American past as well as additional content from another 18 Oxford reference sources. These sources include the African American National Biography and the Encyclopedias of African American History. The African American Studies Center expands the Dictionary of American Negro Biography [1982] and the print edition of the American National Biography [ANB], originally published in 1999. Both the contributors and their subjects are diverse. Some 1,700 scholars have contributed articles on black Americans from all walks of life. The subjects include politicians, sports figures, religious leaders, entertainers, writers, scientists, and educators. Unlike previous practice in scholarly biographical encyclopedias, living persons are included as subjects.

More than 1,300 images are currently available, and hundreds more are expected annually as part of an ongoing image research program. The 250 primary sources range from the Emancipation Proclamation and Frederick Douglass’s slave narratives to the text of speeches. For more product information, see

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