How have we changed as humans over time? How did that happen in our societies? What were the struggles? What were the successes? Join the team from The Henry Ford as they explore stories of social transformation here!
Rosa Parks National Day of Courage FIlm
United in Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation Film
In June 2011, through a unique collaboration with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., The Henry Ford had the privilege of displaying the actual Emancipation Proclamation for 36 hours. The response from the community was overwhelming - and inspiring. Watch what happened when thousands of pe...
Home Front Heroes Women in World War II
During World War II, American women made enormous contributions to the war effort. Yet, much of their "fighting" took place not on the battlefront, but on the home front. Their home front activities offered challenges and opportunities never available before to women -- even everyday tasks took o...
History of African American Farm Families During the Industrial Age
Through the lens of historic photographs, we learn a story of African American history. Today, African Americans in United States agriculture are virtually non-existent, and in a world of mechanized industrial farming, it is easy to forget the hands-on physical labor required in the past. The ric...
How Ruth Adler Schnee Led the Way for Female Designers
Pins strewn about her sewing table. Snowflakes under a microscope. A stack of firewood. Pioneering textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee took inspiration from the world around her, both the fantastic and the mundane. She created strikingly modern abstract and often organic forms.
Known for her organi...
Freedmen’s Bureau officials encouraged people to deposit their savings in the private Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company. Account holders believed their monies were safe, but the deposits were not guaranteed. Changed lending policies in 1870, the economic panic of 1873, and mismanagement put in...