The tragic yet resilient story of Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803

Art work by Donovan Nelson The stories of slave resistance, many of us know, have to do with bloodshed, violence, and destruction. But there are other acts of resistance whose stories are worth being told. Take that of ‘The Igbo Landing’ also called the Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing. The Igbo Landing is […]

A Database of Fugitive Slave Ads Reveals Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories

Freedom on the Move from Cornell University is the first major digital database of fugitive slave ads from North America. Advertisement for a fugitive slave in the Oppenheim (New York, 1824), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, New York Public Library Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found […]

Land and the roots of Afrikan-Amerikan poverty

By Keri Leigh Merritt Edited by Sam Haselby   Shortly after emancipation in 1865, African Americans began fighting for the rights to the lands they had long worked – cultivated by their hands, fed by their sweat, and stained by their blood. Yet while the government stifled freedmen’s demands for ‘40 acres and a mule’ as […]

Race, Necropower, and Natural Disasters

By Dan Royles Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. In the last month, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated Texas and Florida, killing scores of people and leaving many more homeless. Residents in the Miami area also faced a mandatory evacuation order, […]

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Amerika

2016 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction IBRAM X. KENDI Masha Gessen, Chair of the judges’ panel for the 2016 National Book Awards for Nonfiction, presents Ibram X. Kendi with the honor.       Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) ISBN: 978-1568584638 National Book Foundation: Who did you […]

The history of British slave ownership has been buried

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell David Olusoga – the Guardian The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a […]

What the Nazis Learned from Amerika

  BY JESSICA BLATT Until the recent presidential election cycle, most of us had never heard of the “alt-right.” To those of us who had (likely because we spend too much time on social media), the term evoked a murky fringe. We thought of alienated, white 20-something men in their parents’ basements, spreading hateful propaganda and […]

If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you’d NEVER use it

BY BRANDO SIMEO STARKEY | The Undefeated A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, […]