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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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This is the slave graveyard at Monticello. The debate about Thomas Jefferson and slavery is now completely settled. Thanks to DNA and to scholars such as Annette Gordon-Reed exploring in great detail and nuance Jefferson’s relationships with slavery, which of course included sexual, only the most inveterate and racist of self-proclaimed Jefferson defenders deny this […]
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White Policing/Black Bodies

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On March 7, 2019
Vanessa Holden and Ed Baptist have a typically excellent article placing the recent spate of news stories about random white people calling the police on black people for doing basically nothing in the historical context of policing and slavery. These incidents are not historically unusual. What’s new is the outcome, at least in some of […]
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Slavery, Post-1865

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On August 14, 2018
One of the biggest weaknesses of any constitutional amendment is that of the 13th Amendment, allowing for unpaid labor by prisoners. Whether its writers thought through the potential repercussions of this, it was used by whites to ensure a whole lot of slave labor by African-Americans, simply by throwing them in jail for doing nothing […]
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