All the evidence points to Brontё's most famous outcast being a product of the British slave trade.
A 1941 photograph depicts the Chicago Defender’s linotype operators.
From the treatment of black World War II veterans to Emmett Till's murder, the black press helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. What role can it play today?
Sojourner Truth Memorial in Florence, Massachusetts.
Since the 19th century, a long line of black women preachers set in motion a tradition that spoke against injustices and questioned patriarchal attitudes. Here's their story.
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With the number of multiracial Americans growing, there's a fierce debate in the black community over who's black – and who isn't.
A New York Times article from 1910 describes founding of Mound Bayou, a town founded on the wealth of a steamboat patent.
American slaves couldn't hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country's history.
Two U.S. soldiers on Easter morning, 1945.
When war broke out, black Americans fought in segregated units to serve their country. The breath of freedom they experienced in Europe flamed the fight for equality when they returned home.
Allison Davis, circa 1965.
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His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
Barack Obama at a campaign stop in 2007.
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Black politicians throughout US history have struggled to overcome deep, negative stereotypes held against them by white Americans. Obama succeeded at the highest level. Here's how.
Slave shackles in a display case at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C..
In the 19th century, slaveholders advertised widely for runaway slaves and often hired men to track and capture fugitives. African-American communities offered sanctuary space to the runaways.
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield.
In the 19th century, critics and audiences thought blacks were incapable of singing as well as their white, European counterparts. Greenfield forced them to reconcile their ears with their racism.
Convicts leased to harvest timber in Florida around 1915.
In the 12 years following the abolition of slavery, former slaves made meaningful political, social and economic gains. This moment was short-lived.
Trump celebrates African-American History month.
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Despite an entrepreneurial heritage, black self-employment rates are about half that of whites. Could a rising economy lift their boats too?
Little Rock protest, 1959.
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Ignorant and hateful people are not behind the production of racist ideas, as Americans are taught so often during Black History Month.
Victorian-era, middle-class black women who loved to read and write didn’t have many role models.
When biographer Gretchen Gerzina came across an old British newspaper article calling Sarah E. Farro "the first negro novelist," she wondered: who was Farro, and why had she been lost to history?
Ma Rainey was one of Paramount Records’ most popular artists.
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In the 1920s, many black musicians were exploited by record companies, and faded into anonymity. Here are some of their stories.