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African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
A Library of Congress online exhibit.
Grade Level:3-5, 6-8, 9-12


http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aointro.html

CONTENT
The African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship is an online exhibit from the Library of Congress that showcases its unparalleled African-American collections.
SITE DESIGN
This well organized site list the exhibit sections in the left sidebar. Internal pages have a top navigation menu for movement within the section and returning to the homepage. Users can also browse the object list and search the site by a number of criteria.
 

REVIEW
This exhibition explores the African-American quest for equality through nine chronological periods from the early national period through the twentieth century. Using more than 240 items from the collections, the site documents the struggles and courage of blacks faced with adverse circumstances who overcame the odds to fully participate in all aspects of American society. The exhibit includes a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. It details strategies used to secure the vote, recognizes outstanding black leaders, and documents the contributions of black sports figures, soldiers, artists, actors, writers, and others in the fight against segregation and discrimination. Section titles include slavery, free blacks in the antebellum period, abolition, the Civil War, reconstruction, Booker T. Washington Era, World War I and postwar society, depression, New Deal, and World War II, and Civil Rights.

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05/28/2008