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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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Life story, Elizabeth Johnson Harris, Duke University

Read the memoirs and letters of three 19th-century African American women on [...] »

Oil, Olaudah Equiano or Ottobah Cugoano, 18th century, The Atlantic. . .

An extensive glimpse into slave life and the history of slavery in the United [...] »

Drawing, European Fort in Western Africa, The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Lif

Slavery in colonial America was not an exclusively Southern institution. [...] »

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Educators tour the NMAAHC exhibit "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox [...] »

Photo, Student opening night, Jasmine Alinder

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

Watch J. Douglas Smith discuss the Massive Resistance policy enacted by U.S. [...] »

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Put your knowledge to the test!

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

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

Photo, jacob lawrence notebook, September 21, 2010, jimmiehomeschoolmom, Flickr

What can artistic renderings tell us about the Great Migration? [...] »

Photo, Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, […] William P. Gottlieb, Library of Congress

In the early 20th century, the new music recording industry embraced hundreds [...] »

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