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The World According to the 1580s

A newly digitized map offers a rare glimpse at the way Europeans conceived of the Americas before British colonization.
A drawing of Civil War soldiers toasting each other around a table as death, in the form of a skeleton, waits outside the tent (c. 1863).

Understanding Trauma in the Civil War South

A conversation with historian Diane Miller Sommerville about suicide during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

“Work of Barbarity”: An Eyewitness Account of the Trail of Tears

A missionary's account of the atrocities perpetrated against Cherokees shows that the Trail of Tears is no laughing matter.
A daguerreotype of the enslaved man, Renty, one of several commissioned by Harvard professor Louis Agassiz.

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

A woman is suing the university over 169-year old photos of people she says are her ancestors.

The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo

Archivists face a battery of technical and ethical questions with few precedents.
Enoch and Deborah Harris (ca. 1860).

Mementos of a Forgotten Frontier

The black pioneers who tried to start over out west.

Freedom on the Move

A database of fugitives from American Slavery.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, July 20, 1969.

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1969

Looking back at the year of the moon landing, Woodstock, and more.
“Refugee Mrs. Marie Spreyer (back to camera) is greeted by her daughter.”
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How America Thought About Refugees 70 Years Ago

And other gleanings from the 1949 run of the Saturday Evening Post.

A Lost and Found Portrait Photographer

What remains of Hugh Magnum's work documents how much was shared in common by people who racist laws treated as separate.
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“My Dear Master”: An Enslaved Blacksmith’s Letters to a President

This document is the rarest of items in the Library of Congress's manuscript collections: a letter written by an enslaved person.

LBJ Orders Pants

You will never think about the 36th president the same way again.