The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’ | PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. Featured Image We’ve all heard the story of the “40 acres and a mule” promise to former slaves. It’s a staple of black history lessons, and it’s the name of Spike Lee’s film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of […]

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The American social revolution after slavery: Incredible photographs from 1900 Paris exhibition showed the world that African Americans were now musicians, lawyers and scientists | Daily Mail

Chris Dyer, Daily Mail A musical ensemble from the US. This photograph was exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World Fair) in Paris. Music would be a release for many equal rights activists over the coming decades. With just four months to go before the start of the Exposition, Thomas Calloway demanded and received Congressional […]

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The failure of Reconstruction was a ruthless act of sabotage | The Washington Post

Michael Gerson, The Washington Post A 1919 Lithograph poster showing a young Booker T. Washington in Falls Church, Va. (Kate Patterson/for The Washington Post). Featured Image In Conservatives sometimes accuse the academic left of ignoring the good in U.S. history and emphasizing the horrors. But in some respects, the typical telling of the American story […]

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A brief history of the enduring phony science that perpetuates white supremacy | The Washington Post

Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post People explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post), Featured Image The mysterious and chronic sickness had been afflicting slaves for years, working its way into their minds and causing them to flee from their plantations. Unknown in medical literature, […]

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The Bible was used to justify slavery. Then Africans made it their path to freedom. | The Washington Post

Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post When the Rev. Jaymes Robert Moody takes his pulpit to preach, sometimes he pictures the graveyard — that is where his congregation was born. It was called Georgia Cemetery, named, he has been told, for the place the enslaved were stolen from before being sent to work the fields in […]

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She Survived a Slave Ship, the Civil War and the Depression. Her Name Was Redoshi. | The New York Times

Sandra E. Garcia, The New York Times Redoshi, who was known as Sally Smith after she became enslaved, with her husband, called Uncle Billy or Yawith. Credit via Shirley Quarles, Featured Image It has long been believed that a man named Cudjo Lewis was the last living survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the […]

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