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Slavery and the White House

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On February 19, 2018
It’s President’s Day, but rather than focus on the presidents themselves this year, how about we think about all the people who have made the presidency work over the years? And by this, I mean the actual workers, many of whom were not free in the early years. Tom Philpott: When you look at the […]

Genízaros

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On February 16, 2018

One of my hobbyhorses is how frustrating it is that our public discussion of race in this country exists primarily on a black-white binary. At least at one university I know very, very well, diversity

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The Cadaver Trade

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On February 3, 2018
Good essay from historian Daina Ramey Berry on the horrible 19th century trade in human bodies you don’t know about: the cadaver trade. There was plenty of weird cadaver trading of white bodies and a burgeoning trade in bodies from various parts of the globe, as scientific racism took over. But much of this trade […]
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The Crimes of Millard Fillmore

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On January 5, 2018
When thinking about the worst presidents in American history, a topic very much on our minds these days, we should not forget the odious Millard Fillmore. But one aspect of his life usually elicits little more than a fleeting mention in this ceremony — his role in the passage of the notorious Fugitive Slave Act. […]

Family Values

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On December 8, 2017

Roy Moore is a nice man. He also has a great sense of the American past, especially when it comes to family. GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore stunned some listeners when he said he thought Ameri

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This is a few days old, but it is still worth a mention. When archaeologists discovered Sally Hemings’ cabin at Monticello, NBC News and many other news outlets reported it the cabin of Jefferson’s “mistress.” The problem of course is that mistress implies some sort of choice, whereas Sally Hemings was Jefferson’s sex slave. Using […]
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