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Over 380 FOOTSTEPS articles and over 8,100 articles from seven other Cobblestone Publishing magazines are available in our subscription-based online searchable archives.  Parents and teachers, try the FREE index.

Current Issue:
Tell Me a Story: Folktales Then and Now
Tell Me a Story: Folktales Then and Now

Free Articles
Each issue of FOOTSTEPS is full of rich, exciting stories that bring the past to life and interviews with descendants of historic persons. Here are just a few examples. Feel free to share these with your friends or, if you're a teacher, with your students. Just click on the article title to view it.
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Articles

 "Tunis G. Campbell"   from Civil War Reconstruction (09/04)
Learn about Tunis Campbell, a northern black abolitionist who chose to move South in the 1860s.


 "The Studio Museum in Harlem"   from Folk Art (05/03)
Read about how Winfred Rembert rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most prominent African American Folk Artists today.


"Meet Winfred Rembert"   from Folk Art (05/03)
Read about how Winfred Rembert rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most prominent African American Folk Artists today.


"Answering the Call"   from Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Morehouse Years (11/01)
Read about how Martin Luther King, Jr., overcame his doubts and decided to pursue a career in ministry.


"Africans in the United States"   from Black Immigration to the United States (3/01)
Explore the many origins of African Americans, and compare how their experiences in the United States differed during the various waves of immigration.


"The Making of a General"   from Toussaint Louverture of Haiti (9/00)
Meet Toussaint Louverture and find out how he came to lead a slave revolt that resulted in a declaration of freedom and independence for Haiti.


"An Open Letter to the Girls Killed in the Church Bombing"   from From Montgomery to Birmingham (5/00)
On September 15th, 1963, opponents of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, AL, placed 19 sticks of dynamite beneath the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The explosion that followed killed four young girls. Dianne Swann-Wright was a girl of 13 growing up in Baltimore, MD when this took place. As a young black girl, she identified with these young ladies because they were around her age. Here she writes a symbolic letter to them, relating what their deaths meant to the Civil Rights Movement and to her.


"The 'Greats' of the Early Years"   from Negro Leagues Baseball (3/00)
There were many outstanding black baseball players during the early days of baseball history, read about some of them. Also, see a list of former Negro Leagues players who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


"Black Dream Builders"   from Blacks in the Gold Rush (1/00)
Many blacks made names for themselves in California during the Gold Rush, read about some of them.


"The Rodeo Today"   from Black Cowboys and Cowgirls (3/99)
Read all about rodeos and the seven different rodeo events.


Interviews

"Bernice J. Reagon: An Interview"   from Early Music (3/02)
Learn about the history and evolution of African American music and how Ms Reagon and her group Sweet Honey in the Rock use it to teach and inspire both children and adults.


"Annette Gordon-Reed: An Interview"   from Sally Hemings (11/99)
Meet the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. Learn how her fascination with Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson began and read a review of her book.


"My Uncle, Sergeant Carney"   from 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (1/99)
Carl Cruz, Sergeant Carney's great-grand-nephew talks about his heroic uncle and the honors he received throughout his lifetime. Also, read how Carney received the Gillmore Medal of Honor.