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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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Postcard, Spectators at the lynching., May 16, 1916, J. Allen and J. Littlefield

An assemblage of more than 80 photographs and postcards of lynchings, from the [...] »

"Soldiers of the 161st Chemical Smoke Generating Company". 1944 Archive.gov

See what life on the homefront and at war was like for African American [...] »

Henry Y. Bonds and family, ca. 1912

Let the Library of Congress introduce you to African-American history from [...] »

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Poster, Men of Color To Arms!, c.1900s, Gilder Lehrman Collection

How to identify the author, audience, date, and message of historical posters. [...] »

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 [...] »

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Photo, Colored School at Anthoston, 1916, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

Equality requires more than a Proclamation. Try to answer these questions on [...] »

Photo, Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, […] William P. Gottlieb, Library of Congress

In the early 20th century, the new music recording industry embraced hundreds [...] »

Photo, jacob lawrence notebook, September 21, 2010, jimmiehomeschoolmom, Flickr

What can artistic renderings tell us about the Great Migration? [...] »

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