African American history

  • Buffalo Soldiers Statue Unveiled at West Point

    The Buffalo Soldiers held a confounding position in the military, teaching cavalry skills to white cadets at West Point while housed in segregated barracks, and fighting white supremacy within the army while also taking part in the military campaign of conquest against Native Americans. 

  • Black American Educators: New Laws Silence Us

    Historians of education and civil rights suggest that Black teachers may be justified in fearing that new content-based restrictions on teaching history may subject them to more disciplinary action than their white colleagues. 

  • House Hunting While Black: Racism Sabotages the American Dream

    by Keisha N. Blain

    "The current rate of mortgage denials — and the interrelated patterns of housing discrimination and exclusion — is rooted in American history. Discrimination against Black Americans applying for mortgage loans is not new."

  • What Is Owed: The Limits of Darity and Mullen's Case For Reparations

    by William P. Jones

    A historian argues that a recent and influential book calling for reparations could strengthen its case by considering the arguments made by historians about the connections of American slavery to other manifestations of racism. What's needed is to link reparations to a global overturning of racial inequality.

  • The Discursive Power of the Pittsburgh Courier and the Black Press

    by Adam Lee Cilli

    The influential Black newspaper's publisher Robert L. Vann has been criticized as a self-promoting tribune of the Black bourgeoisie. A historian argues he should be reconsidered as a pragmatist building alliances in a time of upheaval for Black America. 

  • Black Women and Civil War Pensions

    by Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr.

    Widows and surviving children of Black veterans of the Civil War used their status as pensioners to claim belonging in the nation, but authorities frequently allowed notions of respectability rooted in white supremacy to undermine them. 

  • Ida Floods Another Historically Black Gulf Community

    The Forest Heights neighborhood of Gulfport, Mississippi was redeveloped in the 1960s as one of the first racially integrated developments promoting home ownership. Like the rest of historically Black north Gulfport, it is threatened by more frequent flooding.