The VanCortlandt Museum, part of the Historic Hudson Valley consortium of museums, is one of the few in the New York City environs that dedicates some of its resources to acknowledging and interpreting the contributions of slaves to the history of New York.

Colonial Williamsburg has made extraordinary changes to its presentation of American slavery since the museum began more than 70 years ago. The archaeological work it has sponsored has provided invaluable evidence to our understanding of the slavery in the Chesapeake.

In 19XX, the Smithsonian considered the proposal to build an African American History museum on the National Mall. While this would eventually be planned (and is scheduled to open in 2015), at the time scholars argued against the idea. Amongst the many problems was what to put in it, for if it would be objects made by and/or for African Americans, SI curators worried that it would gut the National Museum of American History. Here, archivist Fath Ruffins explains the controversy in 19XX.

17th/18th c African Burial Ground in NYC

PBS -- RACE -- The Power of an Illusion

A fascinating site that accompanies the PBS mini-series Africans in America.

Historical Conversations

As post-structuralism reshaped the historical conversation about race, several scholars forwarded theories about "whiteness." While compelling, the work also created quite a bit of controversy. The following articles appeared in the journal International Labor and Working Class History in Fall 2001 beginning with Eric Arneson's , "Whiteness and the Historians' Imagination."