Case #90: The Sullivan Expedition, 1779—Genocide of Native Peoples and Scorched Earth in Upstate New York

  Destruction of Indian villages The Crime In June 1779, heavily armed caravans of more than 6,200 American soldiers headed north from Pennsylvania and west from a town near Albany, New York. These forces, under the command of General John Sullivan, comprised about 25 percent of the Continental Army, which had been formed by the […]

The Endless Amerikan Horror: Lynching and Police

BY DEVON D. BOWERS In 1918 Brook County, Georgia, a local plantation owner was killed by Sidney Johnson, a black man who had been leased out to the plantation via the convict lease system, in a dispute over unpaid wages. Upon hearing this, the white community went on a rampage and lynched not only Johnson, but […]

Stewart: AFROFUTURISM GETS A SUPERB FILM, MARVEL FILMS GROW UP–A Review of Black Panther

  By Andrew Stewart    Note: At the outset I would like to acknowledge the profound debt this essay owes the work of Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and the website ImixWhatILike, all of whom have produced amazing criticism in the lead-up and on the release weekend of this film. I began studying Africa […]

Slavery and the American University

by Alex Carp  NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS From their very beginnings, the American university and American slavery have been intertwined, but only recently are we beginning to understand how deeply. According to the surviving records, the first enslaved African in Massachusetts was the property of the schoolmaster of Harvard. Yale funded its first graduate-level courses and […]

Study Reveals Deep Shortcomings With How Schools Teach Amerika’s History of Slavery

Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent report identifies key problems when it comes to educating students on slavery—and offers guidance on how to fix them By Jason Daley SMITHSONIAN.COM Discussing difficult topics in a meaningful way with adolescents isn’t easy. But that’s the responsibility that comes with the job for history teachers. However, as Cory Turner at NPR reports, a new […]

Whitney Plantation museum confronts painful history of slavery

  CBS This Morning – Published on Apr 8, 2015     The first museum in America dedicated entirely to slavery opened a few months ago in Wallace, Louisiana. Michelle Miller visits the museum and found a surprising history, not only about the plantation, but her own family.   >via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfC8X2Os2z4

What Students Are Taught About Slavery

 by Jacob Sugarman  ALTERNET Just eight percent of American high school seniors can identify the cause of the Civil War; less than a third (32 percent) know which amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.; and fewer than half (46 percent) know that the “Middle Passage” refers to the harrowing voyage across the Atlantic undertaken by Africans kidnapped […]

Inside Mississippi’s notorious Parchman prison

By  Hannah Grabenstein Located about 100 miles south of Memphis in the Mississippi River Delta, the birthplace of the blues, Mississippi State Prison in Parchman, Mississippi, has become as much a historical landmark as it is a penitentiary. It’s about 30 miles from where Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, and surrounded by uninhabitable swampland. […]

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Harriet Tubman’s no-nonsense badassness continues to inspire freedom fighters over 100 years after her death

When you think of the abolition of slavery, and those who led the charge, Harriet Tubman should be one of the first to come to mind. Tubman learned from her own escape from slavery, but she didn’t stop there. Taking matters into her own hands, The Civil War spy and Underground Railroad conductor dedicated her […]