History Stories
CATEGORY: Slavery in America
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

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

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