The African American and Hispanic Legacy in America’s National Parks

Did you know? More than 70 units managed by the National Park Service interpret African American  and Hispanic American history, with themes ranging from slavery and the Civil War to Civil Rights and beyond.

Several books, recently released by the cooperating association Eastern National, highlight the contributions of African Americans such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Colonel Charles Young, the Tuskegee Airmen, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Guidebook to African American History in the National Parks, available on

Guidebook to African American History in the National Parks, available on

Guidebook to African American History in the National Parks

With an introduction written by Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, this concise guidebook provides an enlightening glimpse into the preservation and interpretation of African American History in America’s national parks. Woven together, these diverse park sites provide a rich tapestry of the legacy of the African American experience. The book includes dozens of historic and modern images of the parks, events and people in which they commemorate. Softcover, 68 pages.

 History of Civil Rights in America: National Park Service Handbook

Written by National Park Service historians, this handbook provides an overview of the civil rights journey in America. From the earliest struggle for freedom from British rule, to the oppression of slavery, and the fight for equality for women and ethnic groups, this book explores the sites within the national park system that interpret this monumental journey. Softcover, 59 pages.

 A March for All: Selma’s Voting Rights Movement

Filled with historic photos, A March for All: Selma’s Voting Rights Movement details the events leading up to the marches, and profiles the individuals who organized, coordinated and participated in the historic Selma to Montgomery Marches; From Sam and Amelia Boynton, the earliest organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Selma, to the “Courageous Eight,” a dedicated group who risked their lives to end segregation and achieve equality. This insightful book takes the reader beyond the headlines of the day and inside the marches that drew national attention to the issues of segregation and unimpeded voting rights for African Americans. Softcover, 32 pages.

The Life and Legacy of Robert Smalls of South Carolina’s Sea Islands

This book tells the story of the life of Robert Smalls, an enslaved African American, born in Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1839. During and after the American Civil War, he became a ship’s pilot, a sea captain, and a politician. He freed himself and his family from slavery and was instrumental in the creation of South Carolina’s public school system. He wrote in 1895, “My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.” Softcover, 48 pages.

The Moton School Story: Children of Courage

Before the sit-ins in Greensboro, before the Montgomery bus boycott, there was the student strike at the Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia. In 1951, Barbara Johns led her follow students in protest against the inadequate and overcrowded facilities they faced. Their strike, which changed the course of American history, is the focus of this important publication. Softcover, 36 pages.

Slavery in the United States: A Brief Narrative History, available on

Slavery in the United States: A Brief Narrative History, available on

Slavery: Cause and Catalyst of the Civil War

Produced by the National Park Service and published by Eastern National, this book examines the underlying causes of the American Civil War, and the role of slavery in its cause and outcome. Compelling historical images provide the reader with a portrait of the face of slavery and the legacy of those who opposed it. Softcover, 25 pages.

Slavery in the United States: A Brief Narrative History

This book chronicles the history of slavery, documented as early as the 18th century BCE in the Code of Hammurabi, and documents its impact on the United States, from the seventeenth century up to the present day. Slavery in the United States: A Brief Narrative History explores the struggle for freedom by enslaved Africans and the determination of the human spirit to live free. Soft cover, 64 pages.

Spanish and Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans begin colonization on American soil. St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565, and remains the oldest continuously occupied settlement and port in the United States, therefore possessing a rich and colorful history of Hispanic culture. More than 20 national park sites interpret the impact of Hispanic Americans on our nation’s history. For more information on these sites, see this blog post:

Several books, recently released by Eastern National, highlight these sites and the contributions of Hispanic Americans:

American Latinos and the Making of the United States, available on

American Latinos and the Making of the United States, available on

American Latinos and the Making of the United States

From the founding of St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565, American Latinos have influenced US culture, politics, and economics. This book presents an overview of the Latino journey as documented in the experiences of five individuals whose lives trace major historical developments from the early 19th century to today. They include exiled Cuban priest Félix Varela, Mexican American author María Amparo Ruíz de Burton, Puerto Rican historian and collector Arturo Schomburg, Guatemalan civil rights organizer Luiza Moreno, and Mexican American politician Edward Roybal. Their unique and valuable contributions have helped shape our nation. Written by Stephen Pitti, soft cover, 44 pages

Hispanics and the Civil War: From Battlefront to Homefront

More than 20,000 Hispanics fought in the Civil War: some for the Union and some for the Confederacy. Thousands of Hispanic civilians lent their hearts and hands on the homefront. This publication provides a glimpse into some of the lives, stories, and achievements of Hispanics who fought and struggled for a more perfect union. Their stories will help provide inspiration and reflection as the history and legacy of the American Civil War is owned and shared by all. David Vela, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Director. Paperback, 41 pages.