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Slavery and Higher Education

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On October 28, 2014
It's hardly surprising once you think about it, but you probably don't think about it, so it's worth noting the role slavery had in building so many of our older institutions of higher education. Finally, some institutions are becoming serious about remembering that history and...

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.

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 remembering our national shame. If America is a family, it’s a family that...
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