The story of a métis fur trader of the Great Lakes region.
These pages from the log book of the Sloop Rhode Island starkly demonstrate the treatment of enslaved people during the Middle Passage.
The indenture contract of nine-year-old Elizabeth Fortune reveals the opportunities available to young free black women in colonial New York.
Colonial women used spinning wheels like this one to create homespun thread that could be woven into fabric. In the lead-up to the American Revolution, spinning became an overtly political act, because it allowed women to avoid paying tax on imported British textiles and supported the general political protest against English policies.
The story of a woman who fought to create community and opportunity for black citizens in Jim Crow Richmond, Virginia and went on to be the first black woman bank president in the United States.
A Dutch merchant woman who traveled the world before settling in Flatbush and opening a shop to sell luxury goods.
The story of a young Jewish immigrant who inspired thousands of women to fight for improved working conditions in the garment industry.
This is the story of a mother and daughter in Maryland who became trapped in a perpetuating cycle of indenture and transgression.
An article from the "Chicago Defender" that describes the new opportunities and challenges northern cities offered women looking to escape the horrors of the Jim Crow South.
This is the story of a well-born Dutch woman who became a powerful businessperson in New Netherland.