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Trump Claims African Americans Have Chosen Democrats for 100 Years—Except His Math Is Way Off Trump Claims African Americans Have Chosen Democrats for 100 Years—Except His Math Is Way Off

During a campaign stop WWE match political rally in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump claimed that African-American voters have been choosing Democrats almost exclusively for over a century.

Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to grow in strength like the perfect storm, the prescient words of Malcolm X (el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz) slice with laser-sharp precision through the rhetoric of politicians and pundits alike as if he still walked among us.

Some Did Choose to Return to Slavery Because They Chose Family Over Everything Some Did Choose to Return to Slavery Because They Chose Family Over Everything

It is 1857 and Kanye, a carpenter, has finally saved up enough money to buy his freedom from Massa West. Trouble is, he has to leave his wife, Kimba, and five children on the plantation until he can buy them out of slavery as well.

Cinco de Mayo Is More Than Margaritas and Sombreros, and Cut It Out With the Sombreros if You’re Not Mexican  Cinco de Mayo Is More Than Margaritas and Sombreros, and Cut It Out With the Sombreros if You’re Not Mexican 

Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to Cinco de Mayo than margaritas and eating foods covered in guacamole. Cinco de Mayo is also not a celebration of Mexico’s independence; that’s actually Sept. 16.

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Your Roots: Who Left My Mother in Foster Care? Tracing Your Roots: Who Left My Mother in Foster Care?

After five wonderful, fun years of helping African Americans find their ancestry on The Root, we are looking forward to carrying on the work of the Tracing Your Roots column through an ongoing collaboration with AmericanAncestors.org by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Our new column will appear on …

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Your Roots: Where Were My Black Homeowning Ancestors From? Tracing Your Roots: Where Were My Black Homeowning Ancestors From?

Records reveal a proud legacy in Mississippi, yet data shows why we should not be all that surprised.

Tracing Your Roots: Help! My Great-Granddad’s Trail Ran Cold Tracing Your Roots: Help! My Great-Granddad’s Trail Ran Cold

Sometimes, following the paper trail left by a close relative of the person you’re tracing will yield better results.

Tracing Your Roots: Why Did My Family Bury the Past? Tracing Your Roots: Why Did My Family Bury the Past?

Silence shrouded information about a family’s past, and those who could provide answers are deceased. Fortunately, there’s a paper trail.

Tracing Your Roots: My Ancestor Was in Her
Half Sister’s Dowry Tracing Your Roots: My Ancestor Was in Her Half Sister’s Dowry

Families intertwine and seemingly pass back and forth over the color line, complicating efforts to trace their origins.

Tracing Your Roots: Who Were
Our Kin Before Tragedy Struck the Family? Tracing Your Roots: Who Were Our Kin Before Tragedy Struck the Family?

Needing answers after a family was torn asunder by fatal acts of domestic violence.

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Your Roots: My Adopted Black Daughter Wants to Know Her Origins Tracing Your Roots: My Adopted Black Daughter Wants to Know Her Origins

A white mother and black daughter encounter the genealogical “brick wall” so many people face while researching African-American families during slavery.

Tracing Your Roots: Did
Racism Force My Ancestors to Hide Their Love? Tracing Your Roots: Did Racism Force My Ancestors to Hide Their Love?

Family lore about a great-grandparent’s interracial relationship lines up with clues in census records.

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Your Roots: When Was My ‘Freedman’ Ancestor Freed? Tracing Your Roots: When Was My ‘Freedman’ Ancestor Freed?

A message board posting listing “freedmen” kin raises questions.

Tracing Your Roots: My
Confederate Ancestor Is on Monuments; Who Did He Own? Tracing Your Roots: My Confederate Ancestor Is on Monuments; Who Did He Own?

The debate over Confederate monuments inspires one woman to find the descendants of people her memorialized ancestor enslaved.

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Your Roots: Why Free Virginia Blacks Looked Over Their Shoulders Tracing Your Roots: Why Free Virginia Blacks Looked Over Their Shoulders

Finding Virginia forebears who lived uncertain lives in the shadow of the Nat Turner rebellion.

The Other Black Wall Streets The Other Black Wall Streets

On June 1, 1921, white rioters looted and burned the all-black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Okla., known as Black Wall Street. Angry at the economic success of blacks in the area (which became known as “Black Wall Street” because of the number of successful businesses and wealthy black inhabitants), white Tulsans…

Tracing Your Roots: My Ancestor’s Census Record Is Confusing! Tracing Your Roots: My Ancestor’s Census Record Is Confusing!

Here’s how to approach an unrecognized or illegible notation, as well as missing information, in a record.

When Wakanda Was Real When Wakanda Was Real

The reason people love superheroes is that, when done correctly, they are the perfect combination of our wildest fantasies and reality. There is no white guy born on a distant planet who came to Kansas and discovered that he could fly. If you are ever bitten by a bat, you probably want to get a tetanus shot before…

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Your Roots: Who Were My Kin Born During Slavery? Tracing Your Roots: Who Were My Kin Born During Slavery?

Differing surnames and living arrangements complicate the search for the parents of an ancestor born during Reconstruction in North Carolina.

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Your Roots: Did Grandma Have Creek Indian Roots? Tracing Your Roots: Did Grandma Have Creek Indian Roots?

An ancestor identified as black reportedly spoke a language of the Creek people. The family’s paper trail reflects the complicated history of the American West.

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