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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 04.14.2015 | Gay 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.


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.

Trymaine Lee

Harriet Tubman's Spirit Lives On In Her Descendants | Trymaine Lee | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices

Valery Ross Manokey doesn’t make the trip as often as she used to, but every now and then she’ll head down to her family’s old homestead in the ...

A Christian Ethic of Social Justice: Will A Bible Fill An Empty Stomach?

Zach Hunter | Posted 11.02.2011 | Religion
Zach Hunter

We understand that it is not enough to talk, talk is cheap. We must "Be the change that [we] wish to see in the world." Because of this knowledge, students are shaping solutions to many social ills

Bethany and the Guitar - Making Music and Creating Change

Diana Mao | Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

Bethany has always had love for children and sensitivity towards their suffering. She started working with children at a young age. She now has a desire to continue raising awareness about child abuse and human trafficking while making music.

The Abolition of Slavery -- We Have Come a Long Way, or Not?

Diana Mao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

As I walked through the Cape Coast Castle, I realized that the slavery of centuries ago is not very different from modern day slavery -- the gross violation of human rights and the apathy of the masses towards their plight.

Out of the Hell of Haiti: Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Allende powerfully evokes the events of the 18th century in Island Beneath the Sea, about a slave's journey to freedom through the jungles of Haiti, neighborhoods of Cuba and households of New Orleans.