Centuries' worth of important information is stored on paper – which can decay, burn or get eaten by pests. Peek inside the process of making all that data digital.
Many historians and other scholars say what Americans have traditionally learned about the complex period that followed the Civil War falls short of what we should know.
Both in 19th-century America and today, the initiative and choices of those making the journey are often ignored.
After several decades in which many housewives turned their backs on slave sugar, it suddenly made a comeback.
At historic sites across the South, you'll often find a white woman, dressed in Colonial clothes, cooking in a big house kitchen. That's a role that was usually done by enslaved Africans.
Fictional accounts of white Southerners make it seem like it was fun to be a slave on a plantation at holiday time. Many of today's tours repeat such stories.
In the United States, presidential candidates are discussing reparations for the descendants of enslaved men and women.
From a young age, Neaera was trained for the life of a hetaira, or courtesan. Her tragic story comes to us only through court documents, but she deserves to be remembered.
Among Tubman's most daring feats was helping slaves escape. She believed she went into trances and had visions. These, to her, were God's way of guiding her, which made her quite fearless.
Does the new film misrepresent Harriet Tubman’s legacy as claimed by many Twitter users?
How even sleepy, rural Mid Wales was once an industrial heartland feeding the slave trade.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who freed Haiti from French colonial rule in 1804, is revered as a spirit in the Haitian religion. Now he's become an icon of the uprising against President Jovanel Moïse.
The statue of black Christ has a deep significance for the people of Panama. An object of deep devotion, it also serves as a reminder of colonialism.
Several presidential hopefuls have offered proposals to close the racial wealth gap, from baby bonds to reparations. A simulation suggests policies short of direct aid to blacks won't do the trick.
Pope Francis recently completed a tour of three African nations. His visit needs to be understood in the context of the church's long history in Africa and its modern-day difficulties.
Developments in mitochondrial DNA sequencing are returning South Africa's slavery heritage to view.
A historian says that critics get the past wrong.
Billionaire Robert F. Smith made a big splash when he told Morehouse grads he would pay off their student debt. Yet his generosity adheres to a long African American tradition.
The vicious ideology that allegedly drove a gunman to kill 22 people in El Paso, Texas last week could be traced back to a tiny island on the eastern fringe of the Caribbean Sea
The real cost of footballs transfer markets: how fake agents traffic African boys with dreams of playing in Europe’s biggest leagues.