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Slavery

Now More Than Ever, We Must Talk About Slavery's Continuing Legacy in America

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In the aftermath of the racist murders of nine African Americans in a venerable church in Charleston, South Carolina, Americans are beginning to talk more openly about the issues of race and race relations in our nation. But a common denominator of much of this discussion is the absence of factual historical information about American slavery.

Julia Craven

The Civil War Was About Slavery. Confederate Leaders Were Very Clear.

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

Symbols of the Confederacy are an inescapable fact of life in Southern states. The Confederate flag is displayed prominently near the South Carolina s...

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.

Julian Brave NoiseCat

The Slave-Owning, Indian-Killing History Of The Man On The $20

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

Despite a movement to replace President Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill, it appears the slave-owning Indian killer is here to stay for now...

'Sister Outside': Rachel Dolezal and the Ideology of Race

Jim Downs | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Jim Downs

I say "don't hate the player, hate the game." Race is the game. We want to believe in its realness; its authenticity; its power as a marker. That's ideology.

Women In Early America And The Need For A National Women's History Museum

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Thomas A. Foster

Although very different -- one an elite, seventeenth-century Spanish woman, the other an enslaved eighteenth-century African American woman -- together, they help make up the rich and diverse fabric of our nation's history.

The Stolen Dreams of NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal

Antonio Moore | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Rachel Dolezal's actions are now bringing an awareness to deal with a dereliction of our past. Not just by her, but by all of us for not digging deeper.

Senate Resolution Celebrating Second Founding Is Just the Beginning

Doug Kendall | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Even 150 years later, it's clear that the wounds of the Civil War are not completely healed. But despite these historical and political rifts, there is one thing that can and should unite all Americans, as it has united Senators Leahy and Lee and a unanimous Senate: The wisdom and importance of the constitutional changes wrought by the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Black Union Soldier Finally Honored Almost 100 Years After Death

AP | Posted 06.09.2015 | Good News

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A runaway slave who joined the Union Army during the Civil War and lost a leg after being wounded in battle finally received recog...

Report: Extrajudicial Killings, Torture, Sexual Slavery In Eritrea

Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters) - Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity, a year-long U.N. human rights inquiry said in a report ...

The Trials of Freedom: The First Slave Freed by Lincoln - 20 Years before the Civil War

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
O'Brien Browne

Carl Adams' book, Nance: Trials of the First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln, has just been honored with the Illinois State Historical Society Award of Merit for Scholarship and Creativity. I recently interviewed Adams at his home in Stuttgart, Germany.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Menendez Urges House To Keep Malaysia Out Of Obama's Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing Malaysia’s abysmal slavery record, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) urged the House on Monday to ensure his provision blocking the...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Obama's Trade Deal Is Tangled In The Intricate Web Of Malaysia's Slavery Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's push for legislation that would enable the U.S. to strike a major trade deal with 11 other countries has gotten...

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes White House To Keep Slavery Ban In Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday decried efforts by the Obama administration to undermine an anti-slavery measure that the Senate...

3 Reasons "Animal Welfare" Doesn't Work

Samita Sarkar | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Samita Sarkar

Welfarists believe that farmed animals can be treated with respect in both life and in death, but there is nothing respectful about taking a life. To kill is inherently the utmost act of disrespect.

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Is The U.S. Desperate To OK Slavery In Malaysia?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the ...

#BlackLivesMatter: The Politics and History Surrounding Memorial Day

Jim Downs | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Downs

Despite my effort, many historians continue to see only white soldiers' suffering and death during the war. But what about those who did not wear the Union blue or Confederate grey but died in the same war often alongside of white soldiers? How we might remember their death and suffering?

Racial Unrest Today Has Roots in Our Intertwined Genealogical Ties to Slavery

Marty Favor | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Marty Favor

A comparison between actor Ben Affleck's apology and the Baltimore unrest might seem trivial to some, but it actually speaks to why we need to embrace our complex pasts. Selectively editing our backgrounds is a symptom of a larger inability of Americans of all races to honestly assess our history.

Zach Carter

Human Trafficking Still Plagues Obama's Trade Ambitions

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday threatened to do "everything possible to have a floor fight" if President Barack Obama undercut...

Dakar's Assault to the Senses: Youssou N'Dour on Senegal's Capital

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Entertainment
Stefan Simanowitz

"Music, like football, is in every Senegalese's heart" the legendary musician, Youssou N'Dour tells me, and in Dakar the air is indeed filled with music. Everywhere you go you hear snatches of the distinctive mbalax sound which fuses African and Cuban rhythms with rock, funk and reggae.

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to America!

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

If you live in Baltimore, or anywhere in the United States, you shouldn't be surprised by the anger, the poverty, the police violence, and the hopelessness. All you have to do is sing the national anthem, written after witnessing the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor by the British during the War of 1812.

Jewish Soldiers Battled Nazi Germany, Another Way to Teach about the European Holocaust

Alan Singer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

As a young Jewish boy in the Bronx during the 1950s I grew up in the shadow of the European Holocaust. The extermination of six million Jews at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War II was in the background but not discussed.

What Happens When Moms Stand Up for Justice

Gary Haugen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

A mother is many things to many people. Mom is a soft place to land when the trials of life overwhelm us, a fount of wisdom, a hard-working role model, a home-cooked meal. Growing up, my mom was certainly all of these things for me.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...