History - African American: Audio and Video
Portland's Response to the Death of Rickie Johnson. In 1975, a Portland Police Office posing as a Taxicab driver shot and killed Rickie Johnson, an African-American High School student. A series of protests resulted. PSU Graduate student Katie Nelson created this podcast for PSU's "Beyond Footnotes" series.
Many Rivers to Cross
- Many Rivers to Cross: interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Henry Louis Gates, Jr., recounts 500 years of African-American history in a six-part series for PBS called Many Rivers to Cross. Gwen Ifill sits down with Gates, a Harvard University professor, to discuss the journey of black Americans who created hope and persistence in the face of brutal discrimination.
All-American News. A series of newsreels created for African-American viewers, originally to support the war effort in World War II, although the series continued into the 1950s. Newsreels were short programs, 5-10 minutes that were shown in movie theaters before the main movie. Before television, they allowed audiences to 'see' the stories of the day, not just to read about them. This set is part of the collection of the Library of Congress.
PBS History Detectives: Slave Songbook
An examination of an 1867 book titled Slave Songs of the United States. This 17 minute video from the "HIstory Detectives" television program looks at coded messages in the lyrics, and the melodies that evolved to form the blues, gospel, jazz and protest songs of future years.
Harriet Tubman: Talk of the Nation, NPR, February 17, 2004
Join NPR's Neal Conan and guests in exploring the life of the leader of the underground railroad. Below is the earliest known photograph of Tubman, taken about 1868, shortly after her leadership on the Underground Railroad. It is part of the collection of the Library of Congress.
Jim Crow Narratives
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: Jim Crow Stories
Listen to first-hand accounts of life during the Jim Crow era. From the PBS website, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.