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Abolition

A Look Back

Mike Farrell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Has America's moral arc bent toward justice over the last half century? By some measures, it appears not.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

For the Freedom of Enslaved Infants in Puerto Rico, 1850s

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

On a quiet Sunday afternoon in 1856, two gentlemen stood inconspicuously by the Plaza Mayor de Mayagüez, where it is said the bones of ancient Tainos...

Abolishing War, Resurrecting Fallujah

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was struck by this small moment because it encapsulates the lie of militarism where it is most invulnerable: at the humanity of the men and women who protect us, putting their lives on the line. When all else goes wrong, the troops remain sacred. In a broken economy, the troops are sacred. Militarism is the god we can manipulate.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

Don't Mess With Harriet Tubman

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

The questions raised by Russell Simmons' "Harriet Tubman sex tape" and also by the "Slap Hillary" video game (which, unlike the sex tape, is still up) are simple and succinct: Why is violence against women a joke to men? Why is disrespecting female historical figures OK?

Education: The First Step to Ending Slavery

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Modern forms of slavery are now commonly referred to as human trafficking. This rebranding of slavery happened in earnest about two decades ago perhaps as an attempt by experts to better represent the contemporary attributes of this illicit industry.

Saving Our Treasures

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.24.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like most Detroiters, I have a special fondness for Belle Isle. I've lived close to the Detroit River since 2005, and even when I don't walk or bike on the island or enjoy the solitude, which I do fairly often, knowing that our island sanctuary is there provides respite to the soul.

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.

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.

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.

What Every American Should Know About Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Prophet

John Stauffer | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
John Stauffer

For Douglass, there was an intimate link between individual conversion and social reform. The path of reform flowed outward from self to society. Before eradicating social evil, you first had to purify the self.

ReThink Review: Lincoln - The Perfect Film for the Post-Election Hangover?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Lincoln may be what America needs right now to remind us what politics, for all its messy, dispiriting ugliness, can and should be about -- doing the right, moral thing to better us all.

Cinco de Mayo's Link To Slavery, Civil Rights For Blacks

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Here's what Cinco de Mayo has become in the U.S.: a celebration of all things Mexican, from mariachi music to sombreros, marked b...

Victims Support Death Penalty Repeal in Connecticut

Andrea Lyon | Posted 04.10.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

A recent study by former Yale Law School Professor Donohue has shown that the death penalty is given in Connecticut far more based on race and location of the victim than any other factor.

The Death Penalty Is America's Blind Spot

Barbara Crafton | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Barbara Crafton

The death penalty panders to the basest part of our personalities: our craving for revenge. Everybody has this craving, but we learn in early childhood that violence does not bring about peace.

Did Secular Morality Shame Religion Into Condemning Slavery?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 11.18.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Slavery's depravity is so obvious to us today that it obscures the collective mental conversion required to achieve this bit of moral clarity. And religion is often cast an impediment to slavery's stigmatization.

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
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Our National Dark Night Of The Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

We are a nation woven together by eclectic threads of common faith in the truth that all people are created equal. Again and again, our darkest hours have come when elements within our own national body have tested this faith.

The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War: Our Legacy Considered

Stephen Menendian | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

The lessons of the abolitionist movement -- which ultimately galvanized a nation to the immorality of slavery, and profoundly influenced the terms of the debate over the war and its purpose -- are still applicable.

Getting from A to Z: Why Animal Activists Should Support Incremental Reforms to Help Animals

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Not supporting welfare reforms is both speciesist and counterproductive. And while saying "all or nothing" might make us feel pure, it hurts animals.

Governor Quinn: Sign the Abolition Bill

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Abolishing the death penalty is good for citizens of Illinois, good for our budget, good for families of victims and good for our court system. It may even make our state safer.

South Carolina's Secession at 150

Manisha Sinha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Long before Tea Party activists and other sundry conservatives detected the ghost of socialism in health care reform and financial regulation legislation, proslavery theorists argued that abolition was akin to socialism.

When Capital Punishment is a Crime: the Atlantic Divide Over the Death Penalty

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

In searching for explanations there is a danger that the premise of pro-capital punishment America and anti-capital punishment Europe is reinforced rather than questioned.