CATEGORY: Slavery
How the Cult of Robert E. Lee Was Born
August 14, 2017

History is usually written by the victors, but not in this case. Read More

Why HBO’s Planned ‘Confederate’ Series Alarms Some Historians
August 1, 2017

Controversy surrounds Confederate, an upcoming alternative history series. Read More

James Buchanan Bought and Freed Slaves—But Not For the Reason You Might Think
July 26, 2017

Every once in a while, a historical rumor turns up that just might change how you see a figure from the past. Read More

A Port Where a Million Slaves Were Trafficked Is Now a World Heritage Site
July 11, 2017

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George Washington and the Slave Who Got Away
February 8, 2017

In 1796, a 22-year-old slave woman named Ona Judge fled President George Washington’s household for a life of freedom in New Hampshire. Read More

Organizations Acknowledge George Washington’s Biracial Family Tree
September 19, 2016

After 200 years of rumors, two organizations have recognized the African-American descendants of the first U.S. president’s step-grandson (and adopted son). Read More

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

Upcoming Auction Spans 200 Years of U.S. History
May 23, 2016

The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, both signed by Abraham Lincoln, are the most significant among an impressive array of historic documents going up for auction this week. 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