History Stories
CATEGORY: Slavery in America
Frederick Douglass at 200: Still Bringing the Thunder
February 10, 2018

Keeping America focused on hard truths, he believed, is necessary to a strong democracy. Read More

Was the Real Lone Ranger a Black Man?
February 1, 2018

The amazing true story of Bass Reeves, the freed slave who protected the Wild West. Read More

Is This the Wreck of the Last U.S. Slave Ship?
January 25, 2018

The last ship to bring slaves to the U.S. was torched to hide the crime. Its remains may have just been found. Read More

The Enslaved Native Americans Who Made The Gold Rush Possible
January 24, 2018

Native Californians were treated abominably in the area where gold was first discovered. Read More

Could Compromise Have Prevented the Civil War?
October 31, 2017

It’s not as if Congress didn’t try. Read More

This Street Corner in Kentucky Tells a Tragic Story
August 14, 2017

It was the inspiration for Beloved. Read More

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 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