Pepperdine University Libraries trialed Race Relations in America: Surveys and Papers from the Amistad Research Center, 1943-1970 from Adam Matthew Digital.
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“Sourced from the records of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this resource provides access to a wealth of documents relating to three pivotal decades in the struggle for civil rights in America. Different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation and racial tensions can be explored through the eyes and work of sociologists, psychologists, activists, industrial employers, teachers, ministers and students.
- Over 100 hours of audio recordings of speeches given by prominent members of the Civil Rights Movement, eminent sociologists, economists, industrial experts and psychologists
- A wealth of survey material covering school desegregation, church integration, employment practices, housing and recreation
- Detailed case studies and community self-surveys on key cities across the United States
- Campaigns against voter suppression in African American communities to stop poll taxes, unfair literacy tests and intimidation
- Photographs of the participants at the annual Race Relations Institute; a desegregated, interracial phenomenon in the otherwise deeply segregated city of Nashville, Tennessee
- Scrapbooks for several of the annual Institutes, collating rosters, photographs, publicity material, media coverage and key speeches
- Posters from the Cranbrook travelling exhibition, which was circulated around the country in schools, churches and civic organisations
Nature of Material:
The resource features a wide range of material, including:
- Audio recordings
- Statistics and raw data
- Interactive map allowing users to browse the extensive survey material produced by the Race Relations Department
- Data association tool to explore attendance and participation at the Race Relations Institute
- Interactive chronology offering contextual information to support the documents
- Visual highlights gallery showcasing photographs across the key themes of the collection
- Contextual essays commissioned from academics on our editorial board
- Video interviews with academics to guide users through the history of the Race Relations Department.”