History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West
During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.
‘Hit the Nigg*r Baby’ – How African-Americans Were Used as Human Targets in the 1880s
The African Dodger, also known as the "hit the Nigg*r baby" was a racist carnival game that was popular in the United States in the late 19th century. The African Dodger was played at fairs, carnivals, and other public...
761st Tank Battalion: The Segregated Unit of the United States Army During World War II
The 761st Tank Battalion, also known as the "Black Panthers," was a unit of the United States Army during World War II. This unit was comprised primarily of African American soldiers and was one of the first all-black armored units to see combat.
Slave Brokerage: How Early U.S. Newspapers Facilitated The Sales And Purchase Of Slaves
For over a century, beginning from the 1700s, the publication of slave sales ads was among the most lucrative sources of income for newspaper owners.
From Slavery to Master Builder and Legislator: The Story of Horace King
Horace King, also known as Horace “The Bridge Builder”, was an enslaved African-American who became a renowned builder and architect during the 19th century.
Margaret Garner, the Runaway Slave Who Killed Her Own Daughter Rather Than Return Her to Slavery
Margaret Garner was a runaway slave who gained national attention in 1856 when she killed her own daughter rather than return her to slavery.
The Colfax Massacre: Remembering the 1873 Massacre of African Americans in Louisiana by White Supremacists
The Colfax massacre was a violent event that took place on April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana, in which a white mob killed an estimated 150 - 300 African Americans.
The Tragic Case of George Stinney Jr: The Youngest Person Executed in the United States in the 20th Century
George Stinney Jr. was a 14-year-old African American boy who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina in 1944.
Samuel Burris, the Abolitionist Who Was Imprisoned for Helping Slaves Escape to Freedom in the 19th Century
Samuel D. Burris was a prominent figure in the abolitionist movement in the United States during the mid-19th century.
The Stono Rebellion: How Enslaved Africans Led the Largest Slave Rebellion in South Carolina in 1739
The Stono Rebellion was an uprising of enslaved Africans who were likely from the Central African Kingdom of Kongo that took place in the colony of South Carolina in September 1739
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Yasuke: The Remarkable Story of the First Black Samurai in Japan
Yasuke was a legendary 6ft 2 African samurai who served under the powerful daimyo, Oda Nobunaga, during Japan's Sengoku period. He was a unique figure in Japanese history, and is the first known Afro samurai to serve in Japan.