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In October 1983, senior historians gathered at Purdue University under the auspices of the AHA to share what they had learned about the African American past and to establish what issues still needed to be explored. The conference and the resulting publication (The State of Afro-American History, 1986) provided both a landmark assessment and a helpful guide for moving forward. Now more than 30 years later, a new generation of historians is bringing fresh insights to long-standing questions and answering others only dimly imagined in the 1980s.

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Conference Video Archive, Photos, Papers, and Blog Posts Now Available

View the conference program and click on each session to access full recordings of the conference, including the accompanying papers and blog posts. Check out photos from the conference

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