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13th Amendment

She Doesn't Belong to You

Norm Stamper | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Shank

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.

Movie Review: Lincoln

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't know much about history -- but you don't have to in order to be captivated by Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

Plaintiff Trees

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

Think treating trees as entities with rights is farfetched? Is it more of a stretch than designating corporations and ships as persons for legal purposes? Scientific evidence indicates that trees can communicate with each other. No, they cannot argue about politics.

Keepers of the Faith: Why the Constitution Should Not Be Treated as a Sacred Text

Grant Calder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Grant Calder

The 112th Congress opened a few weeks ago with a reading of the Constitution. Hard to argue about that? Guess again.

What Is a Democracy?

Van Gosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Van Gosse

Our democratic system is still hobbled by the deliberately unrepresentative structures bequeathed to us by federalism. So if you care about democracy, we have our work cut out for us.

Obama 2012

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Bruno Sanz

I went to New York to meet Obama the candidate, and in a Soho apartment he told a small group of us that his middle name was Hussein. I thought he was telling a joke.