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This is the grave of Elizabeth Freeman. Born into slavery around 1744 on a farm near Claverack, New York, Freeman’s experience wasn’t so unusual. New York was the center of American slavery in the North. While there were slaves in all the colonies and while many of the colonies with light slave populations made a […]

Slavery, Post-1865

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On August 14, 2018

One of the biggest weaknesses of any constitutional amendment is that of the 13th Amendment, allowing for unpaid labor by prisoners. Whether its writers thought through the potential repercussions of

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This is the grave of Peter Daniel. One of the most reactionary Supreme Court justices in American history, Daniel was born in 1784 in Stafford County, Virginia to an elite slaveholding family. He attended the College of New Jersey, which today is Princeton, but didn’t care for it and after a year, returned to Virginia, […]
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Barracoon

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On April 30, 2018
Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest literary and anthropologist treasures in American history, despite her dying completely forgotten and in poverty in 1960. Her 1931 novel Barracoon is finally being published for the first time. It’s based on her own oral histories with the last survivor off the last slave ship to enter […]

Freedom on the Move

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On April 7, 2018

This looks really great: Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found an advertisement offering ten dollars to any person who would apprehend Oney Judge, an enslaved woman who had fled from

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This is the grave of Harriet Jacobs. I will start this by saying that anyone who has not read Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl needs to do so immediately. This is a slave narrative with as much power as Frederick Douglass’ autobiographies or Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave. It is what […]
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