Visualizing forced migration in 19th century Virginia.

The Forced Migration of Enslaved People

An interactive set of maps and narratives of the forced migration of approximately 850,000 enslaved people from 1810-1860.
Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis and Abache in 1914. They were among the last group of Africans forcibly transported to the United States aboard the slave ship Clotilde.

The 'Clotilda,' the Last Known Slave Ship to Arrive in the U.S., Is Found

The discovery carries intense, personal meaning for an Alabama community of descendants of the ship's survivors.
Ruth Taylor's 1939 map,

The Strange Ratio of Treasure Island

The perfect correspondence of landscape and information can be seen in Ruth Taylor’s 1939 map.
Tower Drive-in & Restaurant, Charleston, S. C. (ca. 1930-1945),

Charleston-Area Residents Remember the First Time They Ate in White-Owned Restaurants

Their experiences help explain why segregated spaces persist in Charleston's restaurants today.
Cartoon from the Washington Bee, July 26, 1919, beneath the headline

The Mob Violence of the Red Summer

In 1919, a brutal outburst of mob violence was directed against African Americans across the United States. White, uniformed servicemen led the charge.
Construction underway in Chinatown, Los Angeles, December 9, 2014.

Introducing the Brand-New Historic District

A company hopes its construction of a Historic District will satisfy those who are upset with its demolition of historic sites.
Tovangaar villages in current Southern California.

Mapping the Tongva Villages of L.A.'s Past

The original people of Los Angeles, the Tongva, defined their world as Tovaangar.
Furman Currington and his son, miners, 1946.

‘They Will Remember Us’: The Miners of Black Harlan

A photographer travels to the heart of Appalachia to spend time with the area's last surviving black former coal miners.
Poster recruits WWI veterans to join The American Legion (1919-20).

The St. Louis Roots of 'Make America Great Again'

The American Legion was a forerunner to today's American nationalist organizations.
A photo from the early 20th century showing U-Lazy-S Ranch cowboys and a cook gathered around a chuck wagon.

On the Range

Excavations at a ranch in the southern High Plains show how generations of people adapted to an iconic Western landscape.
Nebraska's Spencer Dam, one of many structures and areas in the Midwest affected by a recent flood.

The Missouri River Flood Hits a Historic Native American Homeland

in the wake of devastating floods, one writer reflects on the importance of place to Great Plains Indians.
The flags of the United States and Puerto Rico in San Juan (2008).

Top Ten Origins: Puerto Rico and the United States

Outlining America's complex relationship and shared history with Puerto Rico and questions about sovereignty.