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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 colonization. Though the rebellion would be brutally suppressed by the British, it was a key event that laid the groundwork for the […]

Christmas Escapes

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On December 25, 2021

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

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Searching for Abigail

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On November 29, 2021
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 while he was in Paris negotiating the end of the American Revolution. I introduced my visitors to an enslaved woman […]
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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. One major reason for the revolt was the brutality of colonial Spain’s slave labor regime it forced on the pueblos. When […]

Slave Graves

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On July 8, 2021

I’ve been trying to write and overall busy with other things, so I haven’t had time for a grave post in the last couple of days. For those of you though who look to this site for all thing

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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 slave trade as especially bad (true) and that those who were involved with it were perhaps tolerated by not really accepted […]
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