One of the minor themes of 2019 was the revelation that various prominent white politicians had once worn blackface. The question is: why?
Theories abound. Historian William H. Lambert considers the origin of the address and the mythology surrounding its composition.
Jarena Lee was the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1836, she published her autobiography.
Why did Benjamin Franklin become an American patriot when he was such a loyal son of the Crown for so long?