A Symbol of Slavery — and Survival
Angela’s arrival in Jamestown in 1619 marked the beginning of a subjugation that left millions in chains.
DeNeen L. Brown
April 29, 2019
Learning from Jamestown
The violent catastrophe of the Virginia colonists is the best founding parable of American history.
March 15, 2019
Why We Need a New Civil War Documentary
The success and brilliance of the new PBS series on Reconstruction is a reminder of the missed opportunity facing the nation.
Keri Leigh Merritt
April 23, 2019
A Book of Necessary, Speculative Narratives for the Anonymous Black Women of History
Unearthing the beauty in the wayward, the fiction in the facts, and the thriving existence in the face of a blanked out history.
Sarah Rose Sharp
April 15, 2019
Inside an Annual Gathering of Abraham Lincoln Impersonators
There were 22 Abrahams at the event, which began in 1990.
April 16, 2019
Kathleen Belew on the Rise of “White Power”
The author of a book on paramilitary white supremacy discusses the methods and ethics of researching racial violence.
Monica Muñoz Martinez
April 19, 2019
So What if Lincoln Was Gay?
Reflections from the author of a novel that does not shy away from the question of Lincoln's sexuality.
The Paris Review
April 16, 2019
The (Historical) Body in Pain
How can we understand the physical pain of others?
April 9, 2019
Trump’s ‘Truly Bizarre’ Visit to Mt. Vernon
The 45th president, no student of history, marveled at the first president's failure to name his historic compound after himself.
April 10, 2019
The End of the End of History
What does it mean to live in a world in which history has rusted under the monstrous weight of the permanent now?
March 22, 2019
When Slavery Is Erased From Plantations
Some historical sites have struggled to reconcile founding-era exceptionalism with the true story of America’s original sin.
September 2, 2018
Are Museums the Rightful Home for Confederate Monuments?
As museums formulate their approach to re-contextualization, they must also recognize their own histories of complicity.
American Alliance of Museums
April 3, 2018