Independent Historian

Kathleen Thompson‘s interest in black history started when she was a contributor to Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Publishing, 1992). She went on to be associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Black Women (New York: Facts on File, 1994). With Darlene Clark Hine, she wrote A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America (New York: Broadway Books, 1998) and then served on the Board of Senior Editors of the second edition of Black Women in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005). With Hilary Mac Austin, she has published three visual history books: America’s Children: Images of Childhood from Early America to the Present (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003), Children of the Depression (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001), and The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999). She has also written more than one hundred books for young adults.

Taylor Electric Company (1922- )

In the article below historian Kathleen Thompson describes Taylor Electric Company, founded in 1922 and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating Black-owned business in Chicago and one of the oldest in the United States. Taylor Electric Company is one of the oldest … Read MoreTaylor Electric Company (1922- )

In Praise of Mayme Clayton: Images of the African American West

In the article below historians Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin describe Dr. Mayme Clayton, the longtime law librarian at the University of California School of Law who in her spare time accumulated one of the largest collections of African American photographs and other memorabilia … Read MoreIn Praise of Mayme Clayton: Images of the African American West