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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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Slave Manifest from the Brig Alo, 10/04/1844. US Archives

Analyze data to understand the impact of slavery on the colonies and nation. [...] »

Life story, Elizabeth Johnson Harris, Duke University

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

Album Cover, Shake For Me by The Manish Boys

Interested in jazz, hip hop, blues, doo-wop, spirituals, or rock? Explore [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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

A letter from Jasper Barney, LOC

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

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Put your knowledge to the test!

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

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

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

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

Photo, DSCN0681, joelogon, Oct. 1, 2011, Flickr

People can identify (some of) the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Can you place [...] »

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