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This is the grave of James Birney. Born in 1792 in Danville, Kentucky to Irish immigrants, Birney’s family was torn on the issue of slavery. He had abolitionist family members. His father also owned slaves. In fact, Birney himself was given his first slave at the age of 6. By the time he attended 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

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

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On December 25, 1831, the Baptist Rebellion began in Jamaica. This slave rebellion of up to 60,000 people, put down over the next couple of weeks, also was the final straw that moved the United Kingdom toward outlawing slavery in its colonies. By the early 1830s, the slave system in the British colonies was under […]

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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On May 30, 1741, Quack and Cuffee, two slaves convicted of a conspiracy to burn New York and start a slave rebellion, were burned to death. Part of the New York Slave Conspiracy, the events of the spring of 1741 demonstrated both the racial and class tensions in New York, as well as the dependency […]
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