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I have no idea what bizarre world Kanye West is in, but the historian Tera Hunter speaks some real truth over the supposed “choice” that some freed slaves made to return to bondage. It is 1857, and Kanye, a carpenter, has finally saved up enough money to buy his freedom from Massa West. Trouble is, […]

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

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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 President George Washington’s Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon. The notice described her in detail as a “light mulatto girl, much freckled, with very […]
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Walter Johnson is one of our premier historians, period. His work on slavery and capitalism has helped reorient a narrative that for way, way too long argued that slavery was anti-capitalist, leading among other things, to radical whites in the 60s making arguments that the Civil War was some sort of capitalist war against anti-capitalists […]
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Genízaros

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On February 16, 2018
One of my hobbyhorses is how frustrating it is that our public discussion of race in this country exists primarily on a black-white binary. At least at one university I know very, very well, diversity means African-Americans, as has been very clear to me in the very different ways that the school’s officers and administrators […]

The Cadaver Trade

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On February 3, 2018

Good essay from historian Daina Ramey Berry on the horrible 19th century trade in human bodies you don’t know about: the cadaver trade. There was plenty of weird cadaver trading of white bodies

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