Despite pushback, Charleston historic sites expand their interpretation of slavery | The Post and Courier

Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton, The Post and Courier A row of enslaved people’s homes are still present on McLeod Plantation Historic Site on Monday Aug. 26, 2019, in Charleston. Gavin McIntyre/ Staff. By Gavin McIntyre gmcintyre@postandcourier.com Featured Image In recent years, Charleston-area historic sites have dramatically increased their interpretation of slavery and its vital role […]

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How an accidental encounter brought slavery to the United States | USA Today

Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, USA Today SOURCE slavevoyages.org. Featured Image Four hundred years ago this summer, a few weeks and 35 miles apart, two epochal events occurred. One was the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of the Virginia colony – the first elective representative body of its kind in North America. The other was […]

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The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia | USA Today

Rick Hampson and Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, USA Today A snapshot of mid-century South Philly. Featured Image HAMPTON, Va. – As Walter Jones walks his family’s ancient cemetery, shovel in hand, he wonders about those who rest there. The gravestones date back as far as the 1800s. Some bear the names of folks Walter […]

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Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true. | The New York Times Magazine

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine ARTWORK BY ADAM PENDLETON. Featured Image My dad always flew an American flag in our front yard. The blue paint on our two-story house was perennially chipping; the fence, or the rail by the stairs, or the front door, existed in a perpetual state of disrepair, but that […]

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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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