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Locating Slavery’s Legacies database

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  Locating Slavery’s Legacies Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee The basic objective of the Locating Slavery’s Legacies database (LSLdb) is to collect information about monuments and memorials identified with the Civil War and Confederacy on the campuses of American colleges. This information will help us analyze and understand the impact of Lost Cause movements on higher education in the United States in the 160 years after emancipation.  Over the past decade or more, teams working at individual colleges and universities already have begun investigating memorialization on their campuses, gathering important information that yields insight into the influence of “Lost Cause” and related campaigns on their educational mission and practices. To this point, however, the information compiled often has not been shared beyond the walls of the individual institutions. It remains bound to the particular colle

In The News #BigIsms #GreatMigration

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She found handwritten letters from her enslaved ancestor: ‘I’m just blown away’ Cathy Free, June 24, 2022, The Washington Post Kelley Dixon-Tealer knew her search for her roots was typical of many Black families in the United States. She hit roadblocks researching her genealogy because so many families were torn apart during the horrors of slavery. But she felt a new urgency to know where she came from after her last grandparent died in 2018. “My grandparents were near and dear to my heart, and I really wanted to keep that connection to them,” she said. “I thought that finding out more about my family tree would help to keep them alive in some way.” She never imagined she’d be able to find out about her enslaved great-great-great-grandfather, and actually read his own words, in his own tidy handwriting that had been preserved for 155 years. Or that it would lead her to meet her distant cousins who live in Virginia. continue   Florida's Divisive Concepts Bi

Slavery & the University - GLC Annual Conference: Yale and Slavery in Historical Perspective (2021)

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IN THE NEWS #BIGISMS #JUNETEENTH #CRT

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The secessionist roots of the Jan. 6 insurrection Elizabeth R. Varon, June 15, 2022, The Washington Post In an interview ahead of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), stressed the “extraordinary and unprecedented” nature of the 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol. “You really have to go back to the Civil War to understand anything like it, but of course, there, you know, the Confederates never denied that Abraham Lincoln had actually won the election. They just wanted to secede from the Union.” Raskin is partially right — Southern secessionists emphasized the sway Lincoln’s antislavery Republican Party had over the Northern electorate as proof that the North was irredeemably radical and that disunion was a necessity. But the story of Southern secession provides illuminating evidence that the Jan. 6 insurgency was, indeed, precedented, rooted in long-standing efforts to preempt, delegitimize and suppress Black voting. Aware that roughly

Margaret Ellen Newell: New England Indians, Colonists, and Origins of Slavery

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    Did you know that one of the earliest practices of slavery by English colonists originated in New England?  In fact, Massachusetts issued the very first slave code in English America in 1641.   Why did New Englanders turn to slavery and become the first in English America to codify its practice? Margaret Ellen Newell, a professor of history at The Ohio State University and the author of Brethren By Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, joins us to investigate these questions and issues.   PODCAST: Episode 220: Margaret Ellen Newell, New England Indians, Colonists, and Origins of Slavery – Ben Franklin’s World   This is the author who told me this essential colonial  history was right there but (non-Indian) historians chose to ignore or deny and not write it .

There is a Real "Great Replacement" – But Not the One the Right Talks About

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by Guy Lancaster Dr. Guy Lancaster is the editor of the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas , a project of the Central Arkansas Library System, and the author or editor of multiple books on racial violence, most recently American Atrocity : The Types of Violence in Lynching . A Chinese-owned grocery in the Mississippi Delta, c. 1930s. The “Great Replacement” is real. But it has never been about the recruiting of foreigners to undermine white workers. Instead, it has always, in this country, centered upon the recruitment of foreigners to undermine Black labor, and thus Black economic and political aspirations. Not that Tucker Carlson or any of his brother blood-soaked millionaire elites will ever admit that. READ

In the News #BigIsms #WeThePeople #Montpelier #CRT

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  It’s Not Looking Too Good for Government of the People, by the People and for the People Jamelle Bouie, May 27, 2022, The New York Times The antislavery politicians of the 1840s and 1850s did not speak with a single voice. Some opposed slavery for moral and religious reasons and hoped to wipe its terrible mark from the body politic of the United States. Some opposed slavery but denied that the federal government had any right to interfere with the institution in the 15 states where it persisted. They were committed to “free soil” in the West more than abolition in the South. Still others weren’t concerned with slavery per se as much as they were fiercely opposed to Black migration from the South. They opposed slavery, and supported colonization, because it was the way to ensure that the United States would remain a “white man’s democracy.” What tied the antislavery factions of American politics to one another wasn’t a single view of slavery or Black Americans but a

A Brief History of Domestic Terrorism: From Cointelpro to 9/11 and Beyond

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Posted on May 26, 2022 By Matthew Ehret Since a new wave of ‘domestic terror attacks’ have erupted over the past two weeks both in Buffalo and now more recently in Texas, the citizens of the USA and trans-Atlantic community more broadly are being whipped up into a frenzy of fear and confusion over the causes of ‘domestic terror’ which can only be remedied by increased dictatorial powers of the population. As has often been the trend in our post-9/11 age, such highly publicized atrocities have tended to carry in their wake ever expanded state powers to surveil, censor and manipulate the confused and fearful population who lacks an ability to discern the true causes of the horrifying events framed for their consumption on mainstream media. Before acquiescing to greater tyrannical powers to those agencies controlling western governments in exchange for promised security, it were wise to evaluate how and why terrorism – domestic or otherwise –

In the News | How the Government Helped White Americans Steal Black Farmland #Buffalo #Reparations #BigIsms #ElizabethKeckly

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American Racism and the Buffalo Shooting Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, May 15, 2022, The New Yorker On Saturday, in the parking lot of a neighborhood grocery store, an eighteen-year-old armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle, the N-word emblazoned on its front sight, began shooting. Shots cracked in the air, piercing through an unusually warm eighty-degree spring afternoon in Buffalo, New York. The teen-ager, who was later identified by the police, donned military-esque camouflage, was draped in body armor, and wore a camera to capture his bloody rampage. When the shooting stopped, thirteen people had been hit, ten of them killed. Eleven of those shot were Black. The gunman was captured by the police when he left the grocery store, and, by late Saturday night, he was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder. The shooter is alleged to have posted a hundred-and-eighty-page “manifesto” avowing white-supremacist beliefs. In the hate-filled text, he denounced immigrants a

The Empire’s New Clothes

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Sign up for Tomgram: As  TomDispatch  regular  Karen Greenberg, author of  Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump , makes clear today, it's one that seems capable of holding only pregnant women "responsible" for anything. (Certainly, the same shouldn't be true for presidents, especially  not The Donald !)   The Veneer of Accountability Is Wearing Thin in Twenty-First-Century America By Karen J. Greenberg Why has the United States already become so heavily invested in the Russia-Ukraine war? And why has it so regularly gotten involved, in some fashion, in so many other wars on this planet since it invaded Afghanistan in 2001?  Those with long memories might echo the conclusion reached m

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