Presidential portrait of Woodrow Wilson

Understanding Woodrow Wilson’s Racism

...slaves and their descendants, as well as free blacks of the North. Wilson encapsulates that historic moment himself in a profile of Robert E. Lee. He calls Lee noble, heroic,...
Dr. Ossian Sweet
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
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Dr. Ossian Sweet’s Black Life Mattered

in the burgeoning auto industry. Between 1910 and 1930, Detroit’s black population increased twentyfold. The fast-growing population, however, meant competition for housing and jobs. Sweet arrived in the summer of...

Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill?

...takes wouldn’t hurt for a refresher. Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820 or 1821. She escaped to become an ardent abolitionist and feminist. During the Civil War,...
By Unknown; distributed by Epoch Film Co. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Birth of a Nation”: 100 Years Later

...thrilled and inspired by the film’s white supremacist message, complete with actors in blackface sexually threatening white women, others could not find the romance in the lurid “origin story” of...

What If the World Were Flat and Columbus Had Fallen Off the Edge of the Earth?

“inclusive” institutions, ones that valued entrepreneurialism, egalitarianism, and political freedom–qualities conducive to creating inventions and industries that would propel these societies forward with the industrial revolution. Meanwhile, European colonialism in...