Her owner planned to take her to Texas from California, so Biddy Mason went to court. After a dangerous drama, she was declared free.
The brutal murder of hundreds of African-American soldiers at Fort Pillow had a profound effect on Northern sentiment during and after the Civil War.
Dubbed the “AAA guide for black people,” the underground travel manual encapsulated how automobile travel expanded—and limited— African American lives under Jim Crow.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s evolving relationship with African Americans challenged her beliefs about herself and the world she had been raised in.
Jordan’s publisher recalls working with the civil rights and corporate leader, who passed away on March 1.
The enduring legacy of the Civil Rights Movement lies not in soundbites from its most charismatic leaders, but in the impact it had on the lives of ordinary people.
The ex-slave and investigative journalist spent a lifetime fighting against lynching and segregation — but also for voting rights for African-American women.
As Gen. Granger read the announcement that slavery had ended, the celebration began. The date would go down in history — June nineteenth, soon shortened to Juneteenth.
Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald built almost 5,000 schools for African-Americans and helped educate hundreds of thousands of students.
For most of the 1800s, whites in blackface performed in widely popular minstrel shows, creating racist stereotypes that endured for more than a century.
During the World War I, American jazz bands played at hospitals, rest camps and other venues, delighting doughboys and Europeans alike.
When the first African-Americans to crew a U.S. warship sailed into the war-tossed North Atlantic, they couldn't have known it would take fifty years to gain honor in their own country
The noted writer and educator tells of his boyhood in the West Virginia town of Piedmont, where African Americans were second-class citizens but family pride ran deep.
J.R. Clifford fought his real battles in the courtroom
He was a lieutenant in the Army of the United States: he saw no reason to sit in the back of the bus
By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 African-Americans had fought for the Union cause and freedom
A new Greensboro museum celebrates the courage of four young black men 50 years ago
It was the nation’s biggest business, it was well organized as a Detroit assembly line, and it was here to stay. It was slavery. David Brion Davis, a lifelong student of the institution, tells how he discovered—and then set about teaching—its vast significance.
From The Souls of Black Folk to The New Jim Crow, these texts are essential for anyone trying to understand the black experience in America.
The greatest historian of the black experience in America speaks of what has changed during his long life, and what has not. An Interview With John Hope Franklin.
American jazz musicians once enjoyed a freedom and respect in France’s capital that they could never win at home. Landmarks of that era still abound.
One woman’s journey into her family’s past uncovers a story that affects every American
QUESTIONING THE MYSTERIES OF HER OWN FAMILY, THE AUTHOR FINDS ANSWERS THAT AFFECT US ALL
The struggles and torments of a forgotten class in antebellum America: black slaveowners
Deep South states are taking the lead in promoting landmarks of a three-hundred-year heritage of oppression and triumph—and they’re drawing visitors from around the world