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Whether you’re searching for the best book recommendations or sifting through tales of the past, we’ve got all the history stories you need to satisfy your curiosity.

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This Once-Enslaved Woman Disguised Herself as a Man to Enlist in the U.S. Army

Cathay Williams was inspired to join the U.S. Army during her time pressed into service in the Civil War.

Illuminating Books About the History of Race in America

These enlightening books examine the history and sociology of race.

The Slave Who Stole A Confederate Ship And Sailed His Way to Freedom

Robert Smalls commandeered a ship, freed dozens of other slaves, and convinced President Lincoln to allow black men to serve in the Union Army.

10 Essential Historical Nonfiction Books

Take your mind off the current world with riveting true accounts of history's most poignant moments.

This Former Slave Became The First African American West Point Grad

Henry Flipper, born a slave, beat astonishing odds and overcame classmates' racism to become the first black graduate in 1877.

Paul Robeson: Artist and Activist

The legendary performer carved a path of politics and persistence.

Harriet Tubman: The Facts of an Extraordinary Life

The woman who helped hundreds of enslaved people find freedom.

12 Essential Books About Slavery in America

These eye-opening books will transport you to the darkest era of American history.

The Wild West's Toughest Lawman Was Born A Slave

Bass Reeves was the first black deputy marshal west of the Mississippi–and one of the most beloved.

7 Facts About Black Women Who Shaped History

In celebration of Black Women's History Month, discover another side of iconic black women.

The True Glory of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment

An African American volunteer infantry regiment from Massachusetts gave their courage and their lives to protect the Union.

A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom

In David Blight's book, Wallace Turnage and John Washington recount their harrowing tales of escape from slavery.

How Muhammad Ali Became The Greatest: The Rise of a Legend

Muhammad Ali explores how the legendary boxer transcended the sport through politics, social activism, and his undeniable charm and charisma.

FBI Surveillance: Why the Bureau Investigated Famous Writers

James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, and other writers were investigated for everything from sympathy towards the Cuban Revolution to Communist Party ties. 

A Missing Tuskegee Airman's Remains Were Identified After 74 Years

Captain Lawrence Dickson was just 24 when his red-tailed P-51 Mustang fighter was downed in 1944. 

"I've Been to the Mountaintop": Revisiting the 1968 Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Gerald Posner examines that fateful day and the man responsible for King's murder in Killing the Dream.

On This Day: Sidney Poitier Was Born

The iconic African-American actor turns 91 today.