African-American History Resources

Boy with notebook  Learn about African-American history and the struggles presently faced by the black community within the United States. Explore these current and historic topics and delve into the biographies of notable African-Americans with your class. Use the resources below to study civil-rights issues, including slavery and racism. You will also find articles on economic realities and current issues facing African-Americans.


The destructive, inhumane institution of slavery is an important topic for students to understand.

African-Americans in War

Although not always treated as equals in civilian society, African-Americans made significant military contributions to the U.S. during times of war.

Racism and the Struggle for Equality

African-Americans have experienced brutal racism in the U.S. and struggled in their search for equality.

African-American Leaders

The courage and accomplishments of these political and social leaders has been inspirational to all Americans.

African-Americans in the Arts

African-Americans have made and continue to make significant contributions to American art. Learn about prominent playwrights, poets, actors, and musicians.

African-Americans in Business

Delve into the economic realities that have faced African-Americans.

Modern Life

Explore current issues facing African-Americans.

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