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African American history



  • A Monument to Our Shared Purpose

    by Allen C. Guelzo and James Hankins

    The Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington embodies not white supremacy, but African-American agency and cooperative struggle.



  • Celebrating 50 Years of Essence as a Black Women’s Archive

    by Jacinta R. Saffold

    "For the last 50 years, Essence Magazine has consistently found innovative approaches to archiving Black women’s lives by immortalizing our intellect, literature, and culture on glossy pages," writes Jacinta R. Saffold.



  • The Woman Who Helped Save Joe Biden

    In 1993, Carol Moseley Braun, the first black woman in the Senate, joined Biden’s Judiciary Committee. It solved an image problem for Biden. The results were groundbreaking.