School integration in Philadelphia,  September, 11 1964.

For Some, School Integration Was More Tragedy Than Fairy Tale

Almost 60 years later, a mother regrets her decision to send her 6-year-old into a hate-filled environment.

A Brief History of Bullying Women to Have Babies

The techniques that have been used to pressure American women to keep breeding are even more shocking than you might think.

Slavery and the Family Tree

How do you make a family tree when you may not know your family history?
A black family at the Hermitage Plantation in Savannah, Georgia (ca. 1907).

Beyond Romantic Advertisements: Ancestry.com, Genealogy, and White Supremacy

On Ancestry's dangerous move to make it harder to discern which white families owned slaves.
Depiction of an enslaved black woman nursing a white infant (1861).

The Double-Edged Sword of Motherhood Under American Slavery

How did enslaved mothers contend with the possibility that their children could be sold away from them?
Lucia Vazquez Valdez in her home.

Her Ancestors Fled to Mexico to Escape Slavery 170 Years Ago. She Still Sings in English.

The oldest living member of the Mascogos still sings songs in a language she doesn't understand.
A police investigator examines bullet strikes in a door of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum a day after a shooting there left a security officer dead and the gunman wounded (June 11, 2009)

The History Before Us

How can we be sure the atrocities of the past will stay in the past?

The Lucky Ones

I told her we were brought over the Rio Grande on a raft. I never called it a smuggling.

Was Interracial Love Possible in the Days of Slavery? Descendants of One Couple Think So

A box of 500 photographs, most of them in near-pristine condition, chronicle a family tree full of love and contradictions.
1931 map of Morgan County, Indiana.

The Experience That Taught Me Blackface and Klan Hoods Are Forms of Racial Terror

A childhood lesson in the backseat of a 1973 Mustang.
Restored locomotive at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, commemorating a railway used by many African-Americans migrating north in the middle of the 20th century.

One Family’s Story of the Great Migration North

Bridgett M. Davis tracks her mother's journey from Nashville to Detroit.
Jackie Robinson, signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and assigned to the Montreal Club, holds hands with his bride, the former Rachel Isum in Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 1946.

How Jackie Robinson’s Wife, Rachel, Helped Him Break Baseball’s Color Line

At some point, Jackie began to refer to himself not as “I” but as “we.”