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Abolitionists

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
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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.

Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship to Fight Slavery

Diana Mao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

Human trafficking is a $91.2 billion industry. It is the world's second largest criminal enterprise, topped only by the illegal drug trade. For victims, the emancipation process is extremely challenging.

Frederick Douglass and Fred Hampton: Two Explosive New Books

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

Two new books will find their way into classrooms and are sure to force teachers into uncomfortable conversations, especially when young people can be unfettered by myths that keep us ignorant.

The Prisoners' Professor

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Richard Shelton's first interest in a prisoner's poetry was born from curiosity rather than charity. In 1970, a convicted murderer named Charles Schm...

We, Too, Are Abolitionists: Black History Month, Slavery and the Death Penalty

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

We Americans should honor abolitionists of the past and present not only by remembering them during Black History Month, but by working to repeal capital punishment throughout the USA.

Lincoln Would Not Have Voted for Obama

David S. Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David S. Reynolds

Old Abe is everywhere. TV specials, conferences, books, pins, figurines, and other Lincolnalia celebrate the Illinois Railsplitter's Big 2-0-0. The problem is, the real Lincoln gets lost in the hoopla.