Category Slavery

Slavery and the American University

Alex Carp http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/02/07/slavery-and-the-american-university/ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library/Library of Congress “Halting at Noon,” a wood engraving showing a slave drive through Virginia in the early nineteenth century, 1864 According to the surviving records, the first enslaved African in Massachusetts was the property of the schoolmaster of Harvard. Yale […]

The unfree Irish in the Caribbean were indentured servants, not slaves

It’s a myth there were ‘Irish slaves’ in Barbados. As difficult as white servants’ experiences were, enslaved Africans were the people treated as livestock. Image: Liam Hogan This is an op-ed by Liam Hogan, Laura McAtackney, and Matthew Connor Reilly. They write in response to what they call the myth of “Irish slaves” in the […]

Empire Files: From 1776 to Trump

Posted on September 16, 2017 by Robert Barsocchini I had mentioned Gerald Horne to Abby Martin as a person to interview for her show, so I am glad to see him in this episode of Empire Files, posted here with Martin’s permission:

Revising history: Founder of KKK “one of the South’s first civil rights leaders”

Memphis Wants to Remove a Statue Honoring First Grand Wizard of the KKK  by Liliana Segura Berlin Boyd, chairperson of the Memphis City Council, was seated at the head of a conference table at Memphis City Hall when he held up a pair of local newspaper ads published in the 1850s. “N.B. Forrest, Dealer in Slaves, has just […]

The Missing Black History At Some Civil War Memorials — Black Agenda Report

Bruce A. Dixon The Confederate army was a draftee army, but any white man who owned 20 or more slaves was exempt from the draft. For them it was a rich man’s war, but a poor man’s fight. Though I haven’t been to the site of Chicago’s Camp Douglas monument since the 1980s I’m willing […]

Charlottesville’s Past That Isn’t Even — Washington’s Blog

Here in Charlottesville, Virginia, I like to point out that the rallies of racists are mostly imported from out of state. It’s tempting to relax comfortably on that assertion, and to reflect on how our great lord and master Thomas Jefferson owned people with more reluctance and inner turmoil than Barack Obama bombing a foreign… via […]

Revising History: The War of Northern Aggression

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery By Paul Craig Roberts … South Carolina saw slavery as the issue being used by the North to violate the sovereignty of states and to further centralize power in Washington. The secession document makes the case that the North, which controlled the US government, […]