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13th Amendment

DuVernay's 13th & The Racial Politics Of Broken Windows Policing

Nick Malinowski | Posted 10.21.2016 | New York
Nick Malinowski

While solving murders was difficult, especially with corrupt cops, the police could make quick work out of the impoverished people out front in the public's eye -- burnishing the credibility of both politicians and the NYPD at the same time.

Rare Copies Of 13th Amendment, Emancipation Proclamation Go On Sale

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices

Two of the most important documents of American history could soon be yours, if you have millions to spend. Rare copies of the 13th Amendment, which ...

To Governor Phil Bryant and Every Congressman That Approved HB1523

J. Mercedes Cardona | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
J. Mercedes Cardona

If ever there was a time that a neighbor needed to show love to the Mississippi LGBTQ community, it is now. I will not be silent while their freedoms are trampled. This is too close to home. It's an empty echo/reminder of past oppressors. The essence of HB1523 is a full-fledged fear induced witch hunt fitted with life draining prose.

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse

David Morris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.

Kendrick Lamar, Truth Telling, The 13th Amendment, And America's Cognitive Dissonance Towards Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.24.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

First, let me say that Kendrick Lamar's performance is indeed worth of all the superlatives, but maybe that's not the point here. Maybe America's collective refusal to see the truth of mass incarceration is the real problem!?

Obama Implicitly Criticizes Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Plan

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, President Barack Obama implicitly criticized GOP presidential ...

The Stuggle for Justice Continues: December 6th, 2015 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

As we reflect on the 13th Amendment, we are reminded that the struggle for justice will continue until we realize the vision of a free and just America for all.

White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.05.2016 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Steven's Court

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jerry Zezima

As a Connecticut Yankee born and bred -- or perhaps I should say born and white-bread, which is how most people think of Connecticut Yankees -- I have always loved history, not just because I am old enough to be historical myself, but because I could never do algebra.

Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Free The Slaves

January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

365 Days to Globalize the Spirit of the 13th Amendment

Robert J. Benz | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Passing the 13th Amendment helped to reconcile inconsistencies that were forged into our founding documents about: who we are as a nation, who we are as a people and how we wished to define ourselves as individuals.

She Doesn't Belong to You

Norm Stamper | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Norm Stamper

What is it that leads some men to conclude that women are chattel, obligated to obey them? It's an important question. If we can answer it, with some reasonable degree of science, we just might find a path toward the eventual elimination of this insidious yet pervasive form of violence.

Can International Intervention Assist Domestic Reconciliation?

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Dinouk Colombage

The adoption of the third U.S.-sponsored resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka will now result in an international investigation being carried out in to the conduct of the civil war in the country.

The Most Important Day In American History?

Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

On Dec. 18, 1865, slavery ended in the United States. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th A...

Sri Lanka: Forgetting to Remember

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Four years have passed since Sri Lanka's brutal and bloody civil war came to an aggressive end. At the time many rejoiced with the news. It now appears as though reconciliation is playing second fiddle to the growing political intrigue on all sides.

John Celock

WATCH: Birther Lawmaker Makes Truly Bizarre Claim | John Celock | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

A Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire who has ties to the birther movement drew a bizarre connection between President Woodrow Wilson and Adolf...

Racism Is Over! No More Racism! No More... Oh, Wait.

Posted 02.22.2013 | Comedy

Mississippi finally ratified the 13th amendment (that's the one that bans slavery) recently. Yes, that's correct -- 147 years after it was adopted as ...

Lincoln Movie Underplays James Ashley's Role

Steven Rosen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated movie about the great president's struggle to get Congressional approval for the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery, gets 53-year-old Ohio History teacher Paul LaRue's approval for bringing American history alive.

Mississippi Finally Ratifies Amendment Banning Slavery

Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Mississippi lawmakers have officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned slavery in 1865. One hundred forty-eight years...

Jason Linkins

Congressman Pans 'Lincoln' For Historical Inaccuracies | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

It's not unusual, during the run-up to the Academy Awards, for the films up for the top honors to come under fire for all sorts of reasons. In 2009, f...

Emancipation Proclamation Provided a Seminal Moment in the Nation's History

Byron Williams | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The proclamation did more than make slavery illegal in the rebellion states; it changed the course of the war and forever transformed the nation. For the first time, it made ubiquitous the Jeffersonian notion of all being created equal.

Rethinkin' Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Bill Bigelow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In coming months and years, teachers' jobs will be made harder by Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis gives a brilliant performance as, well, Lincoln-the-abolitionist. The only problem is that Lincoln was not an abolitionist.

Lincoln Film Forgets D.C.'s Frederick Douglass -- And African American Leadership

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Unlike Lincoln, we cannot ignore Frederick Douglass' critique in the current conversation over equality, or lack thereof, of opportunity, access and mobility in this country.

Popcorn Preview: Lincoln

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Based on a portion of Team of Rivals, by presidential historian Doris Kerns Goodwin, the movie is a well-documented telling of the passage of the 13th Amendment. It wasn't pretty!

Lincoln and Obama: 'Clothed in Immense Power'

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opens in wide release today, after a limited release last Friday -- and with luck, Barack Obama will not only see it but take it as a template for the current lame-duck session of Congress and for his impending second term.