Tag: Slavery (Historical)

What We Still Don’t Get About George Washington

Years into writing a book on George Washington, I noticed something curious about my collection of the popular biographies already written about our first president: All of them were written by white men. I’d gotten used to a certain male skew, but I hadn’t quite realized how persistent it was until I ran my observation […]

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Harriet Tubman on a Debit Card: A Tribute or a Gaffe?

Harriet Tubman was to be commemorated by appearing on the $20 bill in a design that would have been unveiled this year, but the treasury secretary said in May that plans for the bill would be delayed until after President Trump left office. Enter OneUnited Bank, which this month revealed it was honoring the abolitionist […]

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When Multiracial Democracy First Seemed Possible

A few days ago, 300 people gathered in the Old State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the election of Hiram Revels as the nation’s first African-American member of Congress. As nearly everyone knows, in the nation’s more than two centuries of existence Barack Obama is our only black president. Less […]

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Activist Arrested Over Removal of a Slave Auction Plaque in Charlottesville

Sometime before dawn on Feb. 6, a man took a crowbar to the sidewalk in the historic town square in Charlottesville, Va., a few blocks away from a statue of the Confederacy’s top general, Robert E. Lee, that was at the center of heated protests in 2017. The man removed a six-year-old bronze plaque and […]

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Amsterdam Considers Apology for Slavery in Former Colony

AMSTERDAM — The most enduring legacy of slavery in the Netherlands may be found in neighborhoods like Bijlmermeer, a working-class corner of Amsterdam where many — including those who trace their heritage to the former colony of Suriname — have long felt sidelined. Slave labor in the South American nation of Suriname generated vast wealth […]

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We May Be the First People to Receive Reparations for Slavery

Video by Alexander Stockton Video transcript Back transcript We May Be the First People to Receive Reparations for Slavery Georgetown sold our ancestors, and the school has decided how much money we’re owed. In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 people to Louisiana to save the university from bankruptcy. Among those that were sold were my […]

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Overlooked No More: Homer Plessy, Who Sat on a Train and Stood Up for Civil Rights

Since 1851, many remarkable black men and women did not receive obituaries in The New York Times. This month, with Overlooked, we’re adding their stories to our archives. When Homer Plessy boarded the East Louisiana Railway’s No. 8 train in New Orleans on June 7, 1892, he knew his journey to Covington, La., would be […]

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