Life in the early 1600s at Jamestown consisted mainly of danger, hardship, disease and death.
Sir George Yeardley was the three-time governor of the Virginia Colony and helped establish representative government and slavery.
In navigating lives of privation and brutality, enslaved people haggled, often daily, for liberties small and large.
Napoleon was eager to sell—but the purchase would end up expanding slavery in the U.S.
The issue was so hot, it inspired everything from eggings to duels to mob attacks.
At a time when many white politicians wanted to compromise on slavery, Abraham Lincoln said that wasn't possible.
The story of the Clotilda and the people who built Africatown.
How does one share this painful chapter of America's past? An historian, and mother, describes the indelible impact of her family's visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
Zora Neale Hurston’s searing book about the final survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, is being published nearly a century after it was written.
Why couldn't the slaves have resisted—or pulled themselves up from their bootstraps after emancipation?