History Stories
Did George Washington Really Free Mount Vernon’s Slaves?
October 11, 2017

The president’s forward-thinking decision is still celebrated, but the reality was more complicated than it appears. Read More

The ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’ Performed Shocking Experiments on Slaves
August 29, 2017

He was a medical trailblazer, but at what cost? Read More

The Largest Attempted Slave Escape in American History
August 23, 2017

The failed escape attempt inspired "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Read More

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