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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.
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
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
The Birth of a Nation is a melodramatic revenge saga.
ANY HISTORY MUSEUM IS A storytelling machine. But the newest one in Washington, D.C., starts telling its story before you even enter. The very silhouette of the National Museum of African American History and Culture has embedded meanings. Above a gl
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Diversity in children’s publishing is good for kids. For the adults, it’s a minefield.
In Free State of Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw forges unity for a common cause
These books tell many inspirational stories of success in spite of extreme circumstances for teens, adults, and the young at heart.
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
The historian Eric Foner describes how profits from the slave trade helped fund the school formerly named King’s College.