Government, federal state and local, has at various times served as an agent of destruction, exploitation and loss of liberty for African Americans, and an instrument for encoding and protecting African-Americans' rights as citizens.
It is the aim of this guide to assist the researcher in finding the variety of intersections between government and African American life in the United States. Some primary sources that are not government sources are included as well, but the emphasis is on government sources at the federal, state and local level.
The guide is a work in progress; areas still being worked on as librarians have time are listed in the box below, along with types of documents we anticipate addressing within each category. We have made this guide public because we believe that in some areas there is already enough information to be useful.
Please contact Rachel Brekhus, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have suggestions of good sources for the following information. We have some already, but suggestions are welcome as we work on the next sections of this guide.