The following resources are available on ushistory.org that enhance our understanding of African-American contributions to the American story.
American Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights Timeline
From 1472 to the present, this timeline outlines the stuggle for freedom and equal rights for Americans of African descent and people of color in the United States.
For Love of Liberty
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots is a PBS documentary that details the military contributions of African Americans from the Revolutionary War to the present. Watch videos and use the teacher guides provided for classroom studies.
Enslaved Persons of African Descent in the President's House
From 1790-1800, America's capital was in Philadelphia. President Washington brought nine enslaved persons of African descent to work in the "White House." Learn about them, including Oney Judge and Hercules who escaped to their freedom.
The Triumph and Tragedy of Octavius V. Catto
Catto insisted on equality for all men. He was linked to virtually every important black movement and the inner circle of Radical Republicans of his time. In the late 1860's he became a national spokesperson for enfranchisement and civil rights for African Americans.