History Stories
CATEGORY: Slavery
The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced
May 3, 2018

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. Read More

The Most Damaging Myths About Slavery, Debunked
May 3, 2018

Why couldn't the slaves have resisted—or pulled themselves up from their bootstraps after emancipation? Read More

Why Andrew Jackson’s Legacy is so Controversial
April 30, 2018

The seventh president was a slave owner and oppressed Native Americans. Should he be revered...or reviled? Read More

How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House
April 23, 2018

How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it. Read More

How U.S. Westward Expansion Breathed New Life into Slavery
March 13, 2018

From farmable land to timber and gold, the 19th-century American West has long been described as a land of opportunity. But for many, it was little more than another place of bondage. Read More

How Slavery Became the Economic Engine of the South
March 6, 2018

Slavery was so profitable, it sprouted more millionaires per capita in the Mississippi River valley than anywhere in the nation. Read More

Frederick Douglass’s Emotional Meeting With His Former Slave Master
February 13, 2018

They cried. They reminisced. The master told Douglass he would have run away, too. Read More

Frederick Douglass at 200: Still Bringing the Thunder
February 10, 2018

Keeping America focused on hard truths, he believed, is necessary to a strong democracy. Read More

Is This the Wreck of the Last U.S. Slave Ship?
January 25, 2018

The last ship to bring slaves to the U.S. was torched to hide the crime. Its remains may have just been found. Read More

When Popes Become Penitents: The History of Papal Apologies
January 18, 2018

In recent years, the papal apology has shifted its focus from historical wrongs to current events. Read More