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Black Muslim rally, Harlem, 1963

Civil Rights and the Changing World

How history was made and how it's being written

NAACP parade with marchers carrying a coffin for Jim Crow.

From Freedom to Equality with NEH

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

Rosa Parks, arrested, Montgomery, December 1, 1955

From Freedom to Equality Around the Nation

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

Fannie Lou Hamer at the Democratic National Convention in August 1964.

Living History in Mississippi

Oral history, an essential ingredient in capturing state's role in civil rights movement.

Actors from Slavery by Another Name

Re-enslaved

How African-American bondage came back after emancipation.

Detail from "Journey of the Magi"

Faces of the Renaissance

A new exhibition at the Walters Museum explores race and identity to ask the burning question, Who's your daddy?

letter press type

Do-It-Yourself Language

Esperanto, Klingon, "Oirish," and others.

The Eye of a Lady by Anonymous, ca. 1800

The Mysterious Miss Austen

Two hundred years ago, Pride and Prejudice was anonymously published.

Scene from "The Abolitionists"

The Agitator

William Lloyd Garrison burned the Constitution as he roared against the injustice of slavery.

Hand showing small pox pustules

Pox in the City

From cows to controversy, the smallpox vaccine triumphs.