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African American history



  • The Legacy of Black Lives Matter

    How does Black Lives Matter connect to previous civil rights efforts? What makes it unique? In this interview, historian Keisha N. Blain answers that and more.


  • The Right to Breathe Free: A Showdown Over Race and Nature (Part II)

    by Douglas C. Sackman

    Over time American nature has been retrofitted with an infrastructure of racism, one that gives some people open access to land, clean water, and good air while constricting the access of others to these vital natural resources, or takes them away altogether.



  • A Monument to Our Shared Purpose

    by Allen C. Guelzo and James Hankins

    The Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington embodies not white supremacy, but African-American agency and cooperative struggle.



  • Celebrating 50 Years of Essence as a Black Women’s Archive

    by Jacinta R. Saffold

    "For the last 50 years, Essence Magazine has consistently found innovative approaches to archiving Black women’s lives by immortalizing our intellect, literature, and culture on glossy pages," writes Jacinta R. Saffold.