Slavery in America

Total 9 Posts

Yellow Gadsden flag, prominent in Capitol takeover, carries a long and shifting history.

5 min read
We may think of flags as fixed symbols with a specific meaning, but there are few symbols whose significance is truly permanent.

Who invented the Electoral College?

6 min read
Three approaches were debated during the Constitutional Convention – election by Congress, selection by state legislatures and a popular election, though that was restricted to white landowning men.

Trump’s law-and-order campaign relies on a historic American tradition of racist and anti-immigrant politics.

6 min read
President Trump’s law-and-order campaign rhetoric has been compared to Richard Nixon’s and George Wallace’s similar themes in 1968. But such appeals go much further back, to the US in the early 1800s.

Enslaved people’s health was ignored from the country’s beginning, laying the groundwork for today’s health disparities.

4 min read
The health care inequities suffered by Black Americans today began centuries ago. An understanding of the inequities of the past is an imperative. Only then can we begin to dismantle structural racism.

How to determine which statues remain and which statues go.

8 min read
Whatever is done it must be done non-violently, democratically and culturally inclusively, Isaac Newton Farris Jr. writes.

The colors of our bodies — Why whiteness is the problem.

4 min read
Black bodies can die by accident, obviously. But they are also killed by whites carrying out whiteness. When this happens, it is never an accident, a Professor of American History writes.
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