Picturing Black History

Photographs and stories that changed the world

A collaboration of     and    

Alex Lichtenstein

Alex Lichtenstein is Professor of History and American Studies at Indiana University and the former editor in chief of the American Historical Review (2017-21). He is the co-author of Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid, and Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, a collaboration with his brother, photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein.



Listen to Alex Lichtenstein discuss Black history and his essay.

Content by Alex Lichtenstein

A Sharecropper’s Family

Photographer Ben Shahn captures the lives of Black sharecropper families in Little Rock, Arkansas one Sunday in 1935