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Manisha Sinha
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Manisha Sinha is Professor of Afro-American Studies and History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (2000) and the forthcoming The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, (Yale University Press).

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The Long and Proud History of Charleston's AME Church

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:17 PM

When 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night killing nine worshippers, including its pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, he struck at the very heart of black America. Established by Reverend Richard Allen, a former slave and Methodist...

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South Carolina's Secession at 150

(382) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 9:00 AM

On December 20, 1860 South Carolina seceded from the American Union because of the election of an antislavery president, Abraham Lincoln, setting into motion the creation of the southern Confederacy and the start of the Civil War. Remarkably, on the 150th or sesquicentennial anniversary of South Carolina's secession, arguments used...

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The Republican Punking of America

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 3:16 PM

A couple of weeks ago Frank Rich in the New York Times, like many progressive commentators and activists across the country, worried that President Obama had punked us by caving in to Republican demands. The real story behind the debate over health care reform however is the systematic punking of...

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The Grand Old Party of Secession

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 12:34 PM

Is the Grand Old Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln that saved the Union and destroyed southern slavery, becoming the party of secession and political extremism? Recent events that indicate an affirmative answer to this question would make most Republican Party founders turn in their graves. Some Republicans have...

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We Are All Americans in the Age of Obama

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 9:47 AM

The inauguration of Barack Obama had barely begun before Americans across the political spectrum started talking about the historic nature and meaning of the event. Indeed, the election of Obama represents, for the thronging millions in Washington at the very least, a seismic shift in American politics. 2008 will surely...

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Sarah Palin and the Betrayal of American Women

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 8:00 AM

The emergence of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential Republican candidate is one of the biggest acts of betrayal against women in American history. In a transparent and cynical ploy to appeal to women's votes, John McCain has picked an anti-women's rights woman candidate. The worst part is that both...

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Is Obama Lincoln to Hillary's Seward?

(123) Comments | Posted April 28, 2008 | 11:23 AM

Political pundits have likened Obama's oratory, its style and content, to that of Abraham Lincoln. Most recently, Gary Wills has compared Barack Obama's speech on race in America, "A More Perfect Union," with Abraham Lincoln's 1860 Cooper Union address. In fact, like most of Lincoln's great speeches, Obama's speech evokes...

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