Memphis bridge

The People’s Grocery Lynching, Memphis, Tennessee

after the incident. Among them were Moss, McDowell, Stewart, and the black boy who was involved in the fight that sparked the incident. The newspapers fanned the flames throughout the...
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The Uneasy History of Integrated Sports in America

Mississippi the last SEC school to integrate its team in 1971. This led to the paradoxical situation in which “people with bitter racial opinions about blacks in general would display...
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Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the History of Hate in America

of JSTOR Daily‘s first three years, demonstrate this. We join in the #CharlottesvilleSyllabus tradition and that of of N. D. B. Connolly & Keisha N. Blain’s “Trump Syllabus 2.0” in...
Smoke billowing over Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1921 race riots

The Devastation of Black Wall Street

the era equated improvements in “wages and working conditions” as communistic threats. In essence, whites were resentful that blacks no longer passively accepted second-class citizenship in their own homeland. Another...
Giovanni's Room, Philadelphia

Book Club Made Me Gay

didn’t join another book club until I was a questioning twenty-something in Philadelphia. Doing so was a major step in coming into queerness. In Justin Torres’s We the Animals, the...
Draft riots

Race and Labor in the 1863 New York City Draft Riots

remains the most signficant insurrection by civilians in American history. Opposition to the Civil War was largely fueled by a fear of newly freed blacks moving north and taking over...
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Old English Has a Serious Image Problem

At the same time, however, the study of Anglo-Saxon played a part in the more general cultural belief—prevalent at the time—in the superiority of northern European or “Anglo-Saxon” whiteness. In...
KKK members parade in Virginia, 1922

The History of the KKK in American Politics

use the state fairgrounds in the capital at least twice for large-scale events, including an initiation of thousands of new members. “We know we’re the balance of power in the...
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The Historical Need for Black Colleges

the national average for blacks matriculating at predominantly white colleges.” Black colleges have also been on the forefront of fighting for desegregation. For instance, Howard University was instrumental in getting...
It is the bean, that we mean, so white and lean.

What It Was Like To Be an African-American Soldier During the Civil War

Death by hanging was not uncommon. In early 1863, the War Department allowed for the recruitment of free blacks in the north. That spring, ex-slaves in the Confederacy began being...