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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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"Soldiers of the 161st Chemical Smoke Generating Company". 1944 Archive.gov

See what life on the homefront and at war was like for African American [...] »

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

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

Map of the West Coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Palmas. LOC

View maps of Liberia acquired during efforts to restore freedmen to Africa. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

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Photo, Negro going in colored entrance of movie house, 1939

Watch 4th-graders analyze cartoons about Virginia and Brown v. Board of [...] »

A letter from Jasper Barney, LOC

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

Photo, . . .  a Cherokee Indian 'squaw' and her 'papoose, 1939, TN Archives

A Cherokee Nation Supreme Court document reveals the fluidity of racial [...] »

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Put your knowledge to the test!

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

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

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

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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