History Stories
CATEGORY: Slavery in America
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

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 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

Was the Real Lone Ranger a Black Man?
February 1, 2018

The amazing true story of Bass Reeves, the freed slave who protected the Wild West. 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

The Enslaved Native Americans Who Made The Gold Rush Possible
January 24, 2018

Native Californians were treated abominably in the area where gold was first discovered. Read More

Could Compromise Have Prevented the Civil War?
October 31, 2017

It’s not as if Congress didn’t try. Read More

This Street Corner in Kentucky Tells a Tragic Story
August 14, 2017

It was the inspiration for Beloved. Read More

George Washington and the Slave Who Got Away
February 8, 2017

In 1796, a 22-year-old slave woman named Ona Judge fled President George Washington’s household for a life of freedom in New Hampshire. Read More