avery There have been hours in my unhappy life, many of them, when the contemplation of death as the end of earthly sorrow-of the grave as a resting place for the tired and worn out body-has been pleasant to dwell upon. But such contemplation’s black vanish in the hour of peril. No Man, in his […]

Angola Prison and the Shadow of Slavery

by  THOMAS BELLER Prisoners going to work, 2004. CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY CHANDRA MCCORMICK   A few years ago, I was on a panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival titled “Writing New Orleans: The Most Exotic place in America.” It was held in the largest room in the hotel where the annual literary festival is held, and […]

Written Behind Barz, Thiz 1850z Memoir Linkz Prisonz To Plantationz Austin Reed was an indentured servant who set fire to his employer’s farmhouse after he was whipped for “idleness.” Reed was sent to The House of Refuge, the nation’s first juvenile reformatory, and later sentenced to serve in New York’s Auburn State Prison (above) in 1840. Courtesy of Penguin Random House At an estate […]

Blog #23: The 13th Amendment— Prison Slavery and Mass Incarceration

The Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: Section 1. Slavery prohibited. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The primary objective of the Thirteenth Amendment was to […]

Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated

Mark Karlin The punitive exception clause within the 13th amendment ushered in a system of neoslavery that continues to submit prisoners to conditions that amount to a collectivized situation of “living death” under the prison industrial complex. (Photo: Prison fence via Shutterstock) Slavery didn’t end; it evolved. That’s the powerful argument made in Slaves of the […]

(VIDEO) Understanding The Tranz-Atlantic Slave Trade What They Didn’t Teach You In School

by Michael Imhotep, Listen to podcasts of The Michael Imhotep Show In this video which is an excerpt of my presentation called “Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade What They Didn’t Teach You In School” I deal with hundreds of years of African History.  When we discuss the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade we have to first […]

A Young Amerikan Architect Helps Brazil Memorialize the Slave Trade

A slave market in Rio, c. 1824. Credit: Edward Francis Finden/Wikimedia Commons This article by Christopher Woolf for The World originally appeared on on December 29, 2015, and is republished here as part of a content-sharing agreement. How to memorialize slavery and the slave trade? Listen to this story on » It’s a question that has gripped […]

A Vanishing History (our-story): Gullah Geechee Nation On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After […]