In reality, the American West of the 1800s was traversed by an assortment of black, white, Mexican and Native American cattle hands. Contemporary records are rare but historians now estimate that up to one in four Texan cowboys was African American, while the number of Mexican cowboys was even greater.
Wall Street Journal bureau chief Douglas A. Blackmon gives a groundbreaking and disturbing account of a sordid chapter in American history — the lease (essentially the sale) of convicts to “commercial interests” between the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th.
A Columbia graduate student and his adviser have authenticated the student’s discovery of an unknown manuscript of a 1941 novel by Claude McKay, a leading Harlem Renaissance writer and author of the first novel by a black American to become a best seller.
The nation’s deep-seated history of racism has helped preserve an apparent permanent subset of Americans who grow up with prejudicial feelings against anyone they perceive as a threat to their version of the “American way of life.”...
Shores was notably one of the attorneys who smuggled scraps of paper from Dr. King’s jail cell -- the now infamous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” In this excerpt from 'The Gentle Giant Of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and his Family’s Fight for Civil Rights,' his daughters Helen Shores Lee and Barbara S. Shores write of their father’s involvement in this historic moment in civil rights’ history.
Born in New York City to Jamaican parents, Canada Lee (March 3, 1907 - May 9, 1952) was a boxer, DJ and actor. Among other films, he appeared in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944), Body and Soul (1947) and Cry the Beloved Country (1951). On stage he played Banquo in Orson Welles' Voodoo Macbeth for the WPA Negro Theater Project and Bigger Thomas in Native Son. In 1946 Lee produced the play On Whitman Avenue, making him the first African-American producer on Broadway.
The Washington, D.C.-based African American Experience Fund, a program of the National Park Foundation, is dedicated to supporting, preserving and celebrating historic and national park sites that tell the story of black people's history in America.
Nell Painter, historian, has pioneered a new field in the study of slavery. In her work Soul Murder and Slavery, Painter examines the psychological impact that the institution has on both black and white people. She looks at the effects of slavery-produced trauma on children especially, and at the culture that is created in a world based on domination and ownership.
The fruit–it is a fruit–is inedible cellulose, it has been called Southern snow.... This plant spread, originally reminding the ancient Greeks of sheep growing on a plant. What a cute but creepy conceit–little screaming sheep spawning on a bush in the East, fauna bursting from flora.
A diary of the Civil Rights Movement during integration in Grenada by Bruce Hartford. "Grenada is small, but like all Mississippi counties, it is big enough to contain two separate — but unequal — worlds. ..."
The cover of Linda Tarrant-Reid's new book is striking. Among the things the eye first focuses on, besides the photograph of President Barack Obama, is a magnifying glass highlighting a black man rowing at the knee of General George Washington in the iconic painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze.
When the media noted the Aug. 15, 2012, death, at age 107, of Benjamin Isaacs, America's oldest Pullman server, a spotlight was also trained on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African-American labor union to win bargaining rights from a major corporation..
Norman won the 200-meter silver medal at the 1968 Olympics, but that’s not why he’s either remembered or owed apologies. After the race, gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists on the medal stand and started an international firestorm. Many see the iconic image and assume Norman was just a bystander to history, or as he would joke, “the white guy.” But he was standing in full solidarity with Smith and Carlos, wearing a patch on his chest that reads, “Olympic Project for Human Rights.” As
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