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African Americans and the Civil War: Home

February is African American History Month.

African Americans and the Civil War

The African American Civil War Memorial "The Spirit of Freedom," was created by sculptor Ed Hamilton. It is the first major work of art on public land in Washington D.C. ("Memorial History...")

The theme of this year's African American History Month is "African Americans and the Civil War." The event honors the tens of thousands of patriots who enlisted in the United States Army and Navy from the time of the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862 to 1865. 

Read President Barak Obama's 2011 African History Month Proclamation 

Approximately ten percent of the soldiers who fought during the Civil War were African American; one-third of those lost their lives. (National Park Service)


The WCC Library subscribes to a wide range of databases. Below are a selected few that will be helpful for research in African American history. When off-campus, current students, staff, or faculty members may use their MyWCC/Peoplesoft log in.


African American Civil War Museum. "War Memorial History." Web. 8 Feb. 2011.

"Carter G. Woodson." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011. Web. 21 Jan. 2011.

Law Library of Congress. "About African American History Month." Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 21 Jan. 2011. Web. 21 Jan. 2011.

National Park Service. "The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System." Web. 8 Feb. 2011.

National Park Service. "History of African Americans in the Civil War." Web. 21 Jan. 2011.  


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History of the Celebration

In 1925, historian Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), now called the now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and contributed the idea for a national event honoring African Americans. "Negro History Week" was held the following year.

By the 1950s, cities around the country began dedicating a week in February to honor African American history. In 1976, the event was extended to "African American History Month" by President Gerald R. Ford.

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