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African American History Month

February is African American History Month, and March is Women's History Month. Reading the work of African American women authors can give students a look into how these histories overlap. FIND OUT MORE »

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Screencap, index page, After Slavery

Does your textbook make Reconstruction sound simple? Explore the real pain and [...] »

Illustration, Harriet Tubman leads runaways into Canada, National Geographic...

Would you have survived along the Underground Railroad? [...] »

Print, Sala, George Augustus, 1800's, Cotton gin, New York Public Library

How the cotton gin revolutionized the use of slaves and the production of [...] »

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wood engraving, The African slave-trade, 1884, LOC

Slave badges were used in Charleston to keep track of slaves. Can you build a [...] »

Educators tour the NMAAHC exhibit "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox [...] »

A letter from Jasper Barney, LOC

Historian Chandra Manning analyzes Civil War letters from black and white Union [...] »

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Photo, Boxers Marty Cutler and Jack Johnson in ring [...] Library of Congress

These African American athletes drew crowds with their skill and determination [...] »

These African American civil rights activists affected more than the U.S. [...] »

Photo, DSCN0681, joelogon, Oct. 1, 2011, Flickr

People can identify (some of) the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Can you place [...] »

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