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On July 2, 1822, Denmark Vesey, a free African-American living in Charleston, South Carolina, was executed for his role in leading a purported slave rebellion. This event marked a significant increase in southern surveillance and oppression of free blacks and demonstrates the very real fear the South had of its slave labor force rising en […]
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On December 6, 1865, the legislature of Georgia ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, ending slavery. Arguably, the single most important event in the history of American labor, the official end to slavery closed a chapter in the nation’s race-based labor system, a system that still remains in important forms to the present. I […]
I’m not saying that any of you didn’t already understand the deep-seated racism in Tea Party members. But if you needed any additional evidence, please see the legislative goals of the Tennessee Tea Party, which includes outrage over history classes teaching that the Founding Fathers owned slaves and that slavery was bad. We talked to […]

Remembering Slavery

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On December 29, 2011

Excellent Peter Birkenhead piece at Alternet on the exclusion of slavery on private plantation home tours in the South. Slave cabins are being turned into spas and restaurants rather than spaces of re

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