The historian Kate Masur had a piece a bit ago about what we can learn from state-level battles over fugitive slave laws for our current abdication of the federal government to protect liberty. The Do
On April 14, 1816, Bussa’s Rebellion began in Barbados, when 5,000 slaves rose up against the evil system of slavery the British had placed them into, part of the broader labor system of coloniz
Good piece on how slaves used Christmas as a chance to escape to freedom: It was the night before Christmas, and as Jarm would remember it later, “though cold, it was as clear and beautiful as Tenne
Martha Jones, one of our finest historians of the Black freedom struggle, has a powerful essay on trying to find evidence about the life of Abigail, the slave of John Jay, who attempted to escape whil
On August 18, 1823, slaves in what is today Guyana rose up in what became known as the Demerara Rebellion. This was brutally suppressed by the English colonialists, but also played a critical role in
On August 10, 1680, the Pueblo Revolt began in New Mexico. The most successful Native rebellion in the history of the Americas, this forced the Spanish out of their northern colonies for twelve years.
It’s not at all surprising that Ronald Reagan became a big gun control guy when the Black Panthers were marching on the California state capitol and then became a big gun guy when the NRA became
As part of the mental project by Americans to assume that most of us, especially those who were in the north, didn’t really approve of the slave trade, we’ve painted in our memories the sl