This is the story of the African American community of Western Massachusetts from the earliest days of colonial rule and slavery to the election of the nation's first African American president. Follow us through this struggle, the community's participation in wars from the Revolution and the Civil War to Vietnam and Afghanistan. Help celebrate our connections to W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Discover the Underground Railroad and the many stories that make up this Republican Heritage Series book.