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- Jun 27 20161 minute
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.
- Jan 18 20173 minutes
In Defense of the Chelsea Manning Commutation
Those who worry that it undermines state secrets would do better to start addressing the core reasons that the classification system is losing legitimacy.
- Oct 1 20161 minute
Putting Lynching On The Map
A new movement is memorializing forgotten sites of racist violence.
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
Targeting The Trolls
One congresswoman is trying to get cops, techies, and politicians to stop brushing off online harassment.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
4 Steps For The Next President
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
- Aug 22 20162 minutes
To Understand America, You Have to Ride the Railroad
THE MAGIC AFOOT IN COLSON WHITEHEAD’S NEW NOVEL shows itself some 60 pages in, when runaway slaves Cora and Caesar, under the protection of a Georgia abolitionist, descend into what they think is a cellar but is actually a subterranean platform: “Two
- Nov 25 20163 minutes
Why Nigeria’s Shiite Conflict Is Flaring Up Again
After deadly clashes and government bans, Nigeria’s Shiite Muslim community is pushing back.
- Dec 13 20161 minute
The Ordinary Perpetrators And Victims In The Boko Haram Kidnappings
Helon Habila’s new book recounts the horror and revives the call to take notice.
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
The Birth of a Nation actor on sexual assault, raising black sons and moving to Chicago with her NBA-star husband
- Jun 20 20162 minutes
How to Be Free
In Free State of Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw forges unity for a common cause
- Feb 3 20171 minute
After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court
Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.
- 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
- Jan 25 20174 minutes
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.