- ›› Theme : African American History
Welcome to the online exhibition of Freedom Riders created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with PBS’s flagship history series, American Experience. It was created as a companion to the American Experience documentary “Freedom Riders.”
On October 16, 1859, John Brown and a band of followers, black and white, attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The raid was part of a larger plan to destroy the slave system by freeing and arming slaves. The raiders were captured and John Brown was executed on December 2, 1859. The unique documents discussed here examine John Brown’s beliefs and actions in the context of growing national divisions over slavery in the 1850s.
Two hundred years after his birth, Abraham Lincoln’s historical importance endures. . . . A man for all times, Lincoln has become a global figure. People around the world take inspiration from the principles, words, and resolute leadership of the sixteenth President of the United States.
The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat, held during the summer and fall of 1858 in Illinois. Lincoln and Douglas had been debating each other for more than twenty years before their famous contest for the US Senate in 1858. They were longtime rivals with contrasting styles and sharp differences in philosophy. But from the beginning almost everyone realized the 1858 debates would be historic.
Take a look at Lincoln, Douglas, and...
Ira Berlin, a professor of history at the University of Maryland and winner of the 1999 Bancroft Prize in American History, draws upon Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America in tandem with Remembering Slavery: African-Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation.
Professor of History and Social Justice and Department Head, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Trotter talks about his recent book, Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II.