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California Slaves

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On January 24, 2020
Remember, when we talk about slavery in this nation, we need to center California as a major slave state. San Bernardino’s early success rested on a pair of seemingly incongruous forces: Mormonism and slavery. In 1851, some 450 Latter-day Saints — Mormons — were sent by their church from Utah to establish a colony in […]
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This is the slave graveyard at Montpelier, James Madison’s mansion. Ever since I visited Montpelier in June, I’ve been praising the amazing way that museum has redone its interpretation of Madison’s life to emphasize slavery. That has been an increasing theme throughout the South and it’s fascinating because it is very much not the story […]

Explains a Lot

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On July 8, 2019

Lots of Americans have slaveholding ancestors. The question for the present is what do you do to make up for that fact. In the case of Mitch McConnell, you double down on your family past. Senate Majo

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This is the grave of Jehudi Ashmun. Born in 1794 in Champlain, New York, Ashmun went to Middlebury College before transferring to the University of Vermont, where he graduated in 1816. He became a minister and moved to Maine. He was a professor at Bangor Theological Seminary, a new college to train the next generation […]
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The Last Slave Ship

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On May 27, 2019
The last ship participating in the trans-Atlantic slave trade to enter American waters has been found and the whole thing is highly fascinating. Last week, all such doubts evaporated. A team of researchers confirmed that a submerged wooden wreck lodged in the mud a few miles up the Mobile River from the Africatown settlement was […]
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