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.
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
They were the first black men to fight in the Civil War. They were the first to serve alongside whites. And they were the first to die.
In 1932 the Communist International paid to send a cast of American blacks to Moscow to make a movie about American racial injustice. The scheme backfired.
In an age when the best black artists were lucky to exhibit their work at state fairs, Henry Ossawa Tanner was accepted by the most selective jury in France
Thirty years ago John Howard Griffin, a white Texan, became an itinerant Southern black for four weeks. His account of the experience galvanized the nation.
The United States had promised black soldiers that they would be paid as much as whites. Sergeant Walker believed that promise.
You Asked for It
This is not a test. It’s the real thing.
Twenty years ago blacks were virtually disenfranchised throughout the South. Now their votes may elect our next President.
Whatever you were taught or thought you knew about the post-Civil War era is probably wrong in the light of recent study