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AAST 285: African American Women's History: Books & eBooks


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Subject Headings

These Library of Congress subject headings may be used in OBIS, OhioLINK, WorldCat and many other library catalogs! This is not an exhaustive list -- you may come across many other useful headings, depending on your topic.

African American Women
African American Women Artists
African American Women – Biography
African American Women – Civil Rights
African American Women – History 
African American Women – Political Activists
African American Women – Political Activity
African American Women – Religion
Civil Rights – United States
Civil Rights – United States – History
Women, Black
Women, Black – United States
Women, Black – United States – History

Other subdivisions to look for:           

– Interviews    – Autobiography
– Biography        – Correspondence
 Personal narratives   – Diaries
– Memoirs     – Archives
– Case studies  – Speeches
– History      – Archival sources