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Kindly Old Robert E. Lee

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On July 23, 2014
Robert E. Lee was a kind slavemaster, certainly not the type of man who represents all that was inhumane about the Confederacy: Lee married into ownership of nearly 200 slaves at Arlington and adjoining properties. Pryor forthrightly confronts this side of Lee’s life; he disliked slavery and found it a burden, but he was no […]

Patriotic Tetanus

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On July 4, 2014

This July 4, remember the true cost of freedom: These wild, towering conflagrations garnered support at the beginning of the twentieth century from an unlikely quarter: the national movement for a Saf

On June 23, 1855, a 19 year old slave woman named Celia murdered her master rather than allow him to rape her. She then attempted to burn his body, nearly succeeding in erasing all traces of the crime. She was arrested, convicted, and executed. This story gets at both the inhumanity of slavery and the […]
On March 20, 1854, the Republican Party was founded at a meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin. Ideas of labor, both free and slave, were central to Republican Party ideology and would have massive implications for decades, not only with the end of slavery during the Civil War, but for white labor through the Gilded Age. When […]

Denmark Vesey

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On February 26, 2014
2010 broke new ground in Confederate nostalgia arguments–defining Denmark Vesey as a terrorist. Global War on Terror indeed. But there’s now a Vesey statue up in Charleston, honoring the man who planned a slave rebellion in the heart of the slavery beast. There are some angry white people in Charleston. I will say this. If […]
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