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African American History Month

February is African American History Month, and March is Women's History Month. Reading the work of African American women authors can give students a look into how these histories overlap. FIND OUT MORE »

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Lithograph, A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi, 1884, Currier & Ives, LoC

One institution, two very different perspectives. An expert contrasts records. [...] »

Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home, 501 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Fulton, GA LOC

Which locations, open for visitation, are most relevant to the civil rights [...] »

Photo, Payne's Band, Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual. . . site

Have you heard of musicians' unions? Learn about a 20th-century African [...] »

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Photo, Student opening night, Jasmine Alinder

How do you engage students with primary sources and their community? Jasmine [...] »

wood engraving, The African slave-trade, 1884, LOC

Slave badges were used in Charleston to keep track of slaves. Can you build a [...] »

A letter from Jasper Barney, LOC

Historian Chandra Manning analyzes Civil War letters from black and white Union [...] »

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Photo, Colored School at Anthoston, 1916, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

Equality requires more than a Proclamation. Try to answer these questions on [...] »

Photo, "Peace Plaza. . . ," 2008, Old Shoe Woman, Flickr Commons, cc

Answer these questions about memorials to the life and ideals of MLK. [...] »

Photo, "Sweet Potato Pie," February 27, 2006, monkeycat!, Flickr

Africa, Europe, and North America—mix, and serve. Explore the foods that [...] »

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