Social Transformation

Social Transformation

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!

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Social Transformation
  • 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

    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...

  • How the 4th of July was Celebrated in 1876

    Join The Henry Ford to learn about 4th of July celebrations as America celebrated it's centennial.

  • How Long - Revisiting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy

    The life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are often hidden behind the continual replaying of a few lines from his “I Have a Dream” speech. In fact, Dr. King’s real story — from unknown Baptist minister to American civil rights leader and international human rights spokesperson — ...

  • The Legacy of Civil Rights Activists Esau and Janie B. Jenkins

    In 1967, Esau and Janie B. Jenkins purchased the 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe Station Wagon currently on display in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, but their civil rights activism efforts began decades earlier.

    Learn more about the Jenkins’ commitment to bettering the lives of residents i...

  • Esau Jenkins' 1966 Volkswagen Microbus - Civil Right Artifact

    Esau and Janie Jenkins dedicated themselves to improving the lives of Black residents on Johns Island, South Carolina. Esau Jenkins purchased this Volkswagen van around 1967, and the couple used it in much of their work. The van's rugged character is a tribute to the selfless service of Esau and ...

  • A Tour of Jackson House with Jawana Jackson

    Jawana Jackson gives a tour of her parents’ home, which once served as a safe haven where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders worked, strategized and planned the Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965.