In the News: Slavery

American finance grew on the backs of slaves By Edward E. Baptist and Louis Hyman / Chicago Sun-Times Last weekend we watched the Oscars and, like most people, were pleased that “Twelve Years a Slave” won Best Picture. No previous film has so accurately captured the reality of enslaved people’s lives. Yet though Twelve Years shows […]

The “real” LONE RANGER

The REAL ‘Lone Ranger’ Was An African American Lawman Who Lived With Native American Indians The real “Lone Ranger,” it turns out, was an African American man named Bass Reeves, who the legend was based upon. Perhaps not surprisingly, many aspects of his life were written out of the story, including his ethnicity. The basics remained the […]

Harvard project covers thousands of 18th- and 19th-century anti-slavery petitions

Digitizing a movement By Colin Manning (FAS Communications May 1, 2013) Citizens of East Dennis, Mass., filed this petition against the repeal of the Personal Liberty Laws. These laws were passed in several Northern free states in response to the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. States began repealing Personal Liberty Laws in hopes of […]