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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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Engraving, A Scene on the Frontiers . . . , 1812, William Charles, LoC

What role did runaway slaves and free African Americans play in the Second [...] »

Photograph, Katie Darling, Age about 88, 1936-38, Library of Congress.

Read the accounts of former slaves in oral history interviews collected by the [...] »

Photo, Civil rights march on Washington, DC, 1963, Marian S. Trikosko, LoC

Access the human stories of the civil rights movement. [...] »

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Poster, Men of Color To Arms!, c.1900s, Gilder Lehrman Collection

How to identify the author, audience, date, and message of historical posters. [...] »

Receipt, for a slave named Bett from Francis Moore, June 2, 1764, NYPL

What do slave receipts reveal? Ever considered using similar documents to teach? [...] »

Portrait of Bill Tatnall playing the guitar during a 1935 recording expedition

Written primary sources only tell you so much. To learn about history that was [...] »

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Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction? [...] »

Photo, Civil Rights March on Washington, DC , 1963, NARA

To each prophet, a certain way of speaking. Match civil rights leaders with [...] »

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

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

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