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Inquiring Minds: Uncovering the Many Meanings of Slave Narratives

Carley Reinhard first encountered stories of slave capture in early 2017 in Professor Stephanie Shaw’s African-American history course at Ohio State University...

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An English City Grapples With The Slave-Trading Past Of Its Most Celebrated Figure

A statue of a merchant from the 17th century towers over the main square in Bristol, in southwest England. It’s a tribute to Edward Colston, described on a...

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Nigerian man connects with African American and Caribbean cousins through AncestryDNA

As a young boy of 6 or 7, Ade and his older brother normally visited with their grandmother Alice after school until their parents returned from work. On one...

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How the African-American Syphax Family Traces Its Lineage to Martha Washington

When Stephen Hammond was growing up, he scoffed when relatives told him he was related to the family of the nation’s first president, George Washington. It turns out...

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Tracing Your Roots: My Adopted Black Daughter Wants to Know Her Origins

I have worked very hard to trace back the ancestry of my adopted daughter Rasa Braswell, who is African American. (I am Caucasian.) However, I hit a snag once I got...

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Why DNA Ancestry Tests Are Struggling to Avoid White Bias

DNA ancestry tests, which help people find long-lost relatives and build family trees, have risen dramatically in popularity within the last several years. With...

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The Strange Evolution of Henry Louis Gates’s Estimate of Alex Haley and “Roots”

In 1998, Dr. Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Jr., a University Professor and Director of Harvard’s Center for African and African American Research, explained in the...

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DNA Testing Forced Me To Rethink My Entire Racial Identity

DNA testing sites make discovering your family history seem like one big genealogical adventure. But what about those ancestry stories that don’t have a happily ever...

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South Carolina museum fills plot holes in African American genealogy

Strands of grey twist through her blonde dreadlocks, adorning her with a crown of distinguished wisdom. Her poised stride is seasoned by an abundance of life...

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Harriet Tubman: Teaming Up to Acquire a Rare Photograph

This post draws on the article “Pulling Together for Tubman,” published in the January–February issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The...

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New Online: Rare Photo of Harriet Tubman Preserved for Future Generations

This post draws on the article “Building Black History: A New View of Tubman,” published in the January–February issue of LCM, the Library of...

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African-American History Month: Making a Way Out of No Way

This is a guest post by Beverly W. Brannan, curator of photography in the Prints and Photographs Division. When the Prints and Photographs Division acquired the...

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