History Stories
CATEGORY: Roots
A Quick Guide to Researching African-American Roots
May 26, 2016

If ROOTS has you inspired to explore your slave ancestry, here are some recommendations of places to start. Read More

The Ex-Slaves Who Fought with the British
May 24, 2016

While the patriots battled for freedom from Great Britain, upwards of 20,000 runaway slaves declared their own personal independence and fought on the side of the British. Read More

The Last American Slave Ship
May 15, 2016

A half-century after Congress banned the slave trade, a converted racing yacht defied American law in 1858 and made the last documented voyage of an American slave ship. Read More

Remembering “Roots”
February 11, 2016

Forty years after the premiere of “Roots” captivated the nation, take a look back at the cultural phenomenon and its lasting legacy. Read More

New DNA Techniques Help Scientists Find Origins of African Slaves
February 5, 2016

Thanks to advances in genetic technology, scientists are using DNA from long-buried human remains to trace the origins of African slaves brought to the New World. Read More

5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation
September 21, 2012

On September 22 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Explore five facts about the 16th U.S. president and his policies on slavery. Read More