The will of Claudia Smith Izard, written in 1854, is an uneasy mixture of women’s rights and slave-owning sentiments.
Keshad “Ife” Adeniyi, an intern in the Library’s Manuscript Division through the Archives, is a Howard University Ph.D. candidate who is researching the history of escaped slaves known as “contrabands.”
Mokoomba performs during a Homegrown Concert Series event, April 15, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller.
Tracy K. Smith concluded her remarkable term as U.S. Poet Laureate with a speech and on-stage conversation at the Library of Congress Monday night, capping two years of travel, podcasts and community conversations across the nation.
Aaron Diehl, 2018-2019 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar, talks about his research at the Library.
In a March 25 ceremony, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Museum of African American History and Culture Director Lonnie Bunch unveiled the photo album of abolionist Emily Howland, featuring a previously unknown portrait of Harriet Tubman. The portrait, taken around 1868, captures Tubman in her mid 40s, years younger than most surviving photographs that show her late in life
The National Recording Registry Class of 2019 includes Jay-Z, Sam & Dave, Cyndi Lauper and Robert F. Kennedy.
Aisha Karefa-Smart, James Baldwin’s niece, reads from a recently released edition of “Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood,” the only children’s book Baldwin wrote, at a Library of Congress panel discussion on Feb. 28, 2019. Karefa-Smart, a D.C.-based author, wrote the book’s afterword. The book was originally written in 1971, when Baldwin was […]
This post is republished from the January–February issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The entire issue is available online. In his classic novel “Native Son,” Richard Wright tells the story of a poverty-stricken young black man who takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family in Chicago, accidentally kills the daughter […]
This is a guest post by Ryan Reft, a historian in the Manuscript Division. It coincides with the centenary this month of the first Pan-African Congress. The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line, author and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. DuBois famously wrote in “To the Nations of the World,” […]