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Black History Month: Important Underground Railroad Sites to Visit in Upstate New York

Michelle Rae Uy | Posted 02.03.2016 | Travel
Michelle Rae Uy

Land Office at the Gerrit Smith Estate in Peterboro, NY (Photo: Michelle Rae) Having been given the chance to take a walk through history in Upstate...

Wheaton College's Orthodoxy Police and the Spiritual Price of Bigotry

David Vanderveen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
David Vanderveen

Wheaton College is a private institution and appears to have the right to admit and remove students, faculty, and administrators based on disagreements over ideas. The real question for a place like Wheaton that attempts to hold itself to the highest moral standard is, "Should it behave this way?"

Picturing Frederick Douglass

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Robert J. Feldman

This landmark coffee table tome, Picturing Frederick Douglass, proves that Douglass was over a century ahead of his time by permitting himself to be photographed, canonized and ultimately loved by photographers' lenses.

Harriet Tubman, Unlikely Patriot and American Icon

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Who'd have thought that words such as "hot" or "trending" would refer to Harriet Tubman? Yet, there they are. Hers may be the face that boots Hamilton from the ten dollar bill, and her words graced Viola Davis' historic Emmy speech.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

Put Harriet Tubman on America's Currency

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Treasury Department is authorized to choose figures for America's money and recently indicated that it planned to supplant or at least supplement Alexander Hamilton with a woman.

Our Debt to the Abolitionists

Michael Curtis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Michael Curtis

American slavery ended in the awful carnage of the Civil War. But to conclude Abolitionism was a failure that made no contribution to abolition of slavery (or to the cause of civil liberty) would be a grave mistake.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.

The Black Newspaper That Helped Change American History

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star. Douglass launched the paper follo...

An Earth Day Message: Take Heart From the Abolition Movement

Bill Bigelow | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Bill Bigelow

Every Earth Day, some of us are tempted to say things like "We live on the same planet; we're all in this together." But no, we're not.

One More Step Towards Statehood?

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.05.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Abolitionist and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass is preparing for a new home in the nation’s Capitol. Or rather, the bronz...

WATCH: John Brown, Religion And Violent Abolition

R. Blakeslee Gilpin | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
R. Blakeslee Gilpin

Written in and bleached out of our nation's founding documents, anti-slavery thought had some of the most curious fellow travelers of any reform movement in U.S. history.

Obama's Second Inaugural and Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Don't Expect Much to Change"

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Many did not expect Barack Obama to be giving a second inaugural speech this Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many did not expect him to be elected four years ago. How could one have dared to expect?

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Prophetic Engine

Joan D. Hedrick | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Joan D. Hedrick

The fact that Christian ministers maintained a timid silence in face of the Fugitive Slave Law both infuriated Stowe and propelled her to speak out.

The Fight Against A 'National Sin'

Sharon Grimberg | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sharon Grimberg

Clergymen urged caution, warning that action against slavery might enrage Southerners. Their timidity made Garrison livid.

An Evangelical Passion To End Slavery

Carol Berkin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Carol Berkin

Grimké's conviction that abolition was, as she put it, a "cause worth dying for" led her into the anti-slavery movement. But her broader moral vision led her to develop views too radical for most of her fellow abolitionists.

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.

Monument To Black Civil War Soldiers Defaced

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 08.03.2012 | Black Voices

A monument in Boston depicting a famous all-black regiment that fought for the union in the Civil War was vandalized by a mentally disturbed local wom...

Exploring Brooklyn's Role in the Struggle to End Slavery

Alan Singer | Posted 09.09.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

The Brooklyn Historical Society, the Weeksville Heritage Center and the Irondale Ensemble Project are teaming up to rediscover the story of and present to the public Brooklyn's role in the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States.

An Unreal Freedom

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 05.28.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

CNN recently published a piece on Mauritania, a Saharan nation with a large population considered enslaved. Many Americans are unaware of the continued practice of slavery in foreign lands such as Mauritania.