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How Money From Slave Trading Helped Start Columbia University
The historian Eric Foner describes how profits from the slave trade helped fund the school formerly named King’s College.
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American Slaves Emancipated Themselves
TO MANY AMERICANS, THE END OF SLAVERY is synonymous with Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But that’s hardly the whole story. And it discounts the agency of thousands of slaves who voted with their feet for freedom.
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A Writer’s Turmoil in The Rules Do Not Apply
The journalist Ariel Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity, and deploys prose to match in her memoir.
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THE STORY OF ONE OF THE SUMMER’S MOST ANTICIPATED books begins with a trip to Ghana’s Cape Coast Castle—a symbol of slavery, set in stone, and the walls people build to ignore it. Yaa Gyasi was a college sophomore when she visited her native country
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Finding the Right Hire for Your Company
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How to Be Free
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230. The Melting Pot Is for Real
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The Best Writing Advice of 2016
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
- Oct 16 20161 minute
SIX YEARS AFTER a Harvard Law–educated black lawyer and her Harvard Law mixed-race husband and their two polished young daughters took up residence in the White House, a Howard-educated black advertising executive, his mixed-race Brown-alum anesthesi
- Jan 28 20177 minutes
How Culture Became a Powerful Political Weapon
Nato Thompson’s new book explores the history of how music, TV, games, and advertising have been used to influence consumers.
- Oct 10 20165 minutes
Framing the World in Terms of “Left” and “Right” Is Stranger Than You Think
Sometimes it’s the simplest studies that reveal how deeply culture shapes our thinking.Take a 2009 experiment involving only a researcher, a child, and a two-word instruction.1 The researcher announces, “Let’s dance!” and demonstrates a series of mov
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A Natural-Born Artist
HE WAS MOPPING FLOORS 2 YEARS AGO. NOW, AT AGE 75, THIS SELF-TAUGHT PAINTER IS MAKING HIS DEBUT IN THE NEW YORK ART WORLD
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The 5 Branding Rules of Attraction
Your brand draws customers to your business. Here are the elements you should consider when designing it.
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The Slave Insurance Market
RECENT PORTRAYALS of American slavery—from 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained to Walter Johnson’s River of Dark Dreams and Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton—have emphasized the brutal violence on cotton plantations in the years preceding the Civil W
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It's Ok to Be Great: Why Entrepreneurs Deserve to Stand Out
In a path that's marked with extreme highs and lows, blending in isn't -- and shouldn't be -- an option.
- Aug 22 20162 minutes
The author of The Underground Railroad, Oprah’s new book-club pick, talks about making fiction from history’s great atrocity
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Editor's Note: The Next Revolution
In this issue, we celebrate our Young Millionaires. These are the faces and the inspiration of tomorrow.
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- Jul 18 20161 minute
115. A New Home for Our Missing History
Maya Rhodan For tourists from thousands of miles away or for school-kids right in Washington, D.C., the first stop for anyone seeking a window into American democracy is usually the National Mall. For more than 200 years, however, the story it tells
- Jul 18 20162 minutes
39. We Keep Seeking Inclusion
YOU WOULD EXPECT IT IN A young country—a country made up of people from all over the world, a country born of the highest ideals yet made possible by the violent displacement of one group of people and the enslavement of another. We in the United Sta
- Aug 8 20161 minute
Women’s ‘Empowerment’ Is Not Real Power
THE WORD EMPOWERMENT HAS BECOME the rallying cry of mainstream feminism, with virtually any act performed enthusiastically by a woman—from washing her hair to posting her bikini photos—now designated as “empowering.” But while everyone from Unilever
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
A Bold Monument To The Black Experience
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