Blog Bonus: An App Tells Overlooked History of the Largest Slave Port | A Night at the Garden | WTH?

The Museum of Yesterday is an augmented reality app that excavates the secret histories of Rio de Janeiro, including its major role in the transatlantic slave trade. SEE: An App Tells the Overlooked History of the Largest Slave Port in the Americas When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City Oct 10, 2017 […]

Blog Bonus: Harvard Slavery, Stand For Trees, Drumpf

Harvard Law to Abandon Crest Linked to Slavery By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS | The New York Times | MARCH 4, 2016 Harvard Law School is poised to abandon an 80-year-old shield based on the crest of a slaveholding family that helped endow the institution, as campuses across the country debate the use of historic names and […]

Blog Bonus (good stuff I’m reading)

I’m adding BLOG BONUS in 2016:  a mix of good stuff I’m reading and you might want to read them too!   I know, I know, you all read way too much, but this is when you don’t have enough material… a new category Blog Bonus will be there when you need it… XOX  Lara In […]

Adoption, Prison, Slavery: Oscars 2015

By Lara: I didn’t watch every minute of Sunday’s Oscars since it’s veered off from being a dignified award show to a show of egos of the Hollyweird. Last night’s shining moment was the song GLORY. After Glory, Selma actor in tears READ VOX After receiving the Oscar for Best Song for “Glory” from Selma, […]

In the News: THE MIX emag, Mary Beard, Storyteller Irving Howe, Richmond Slavery, Redneck Racism

By Lara/Trace If it wasn’t for the doctor’s office who had a recent issue of the New Yorker, (I borrowed it) I never would have fallen head-over-heels for (a reported intellectual genius) British Professor Mary Beard, her site TLS and her blog A DON’S LIFE (, and twitter account, which lead me to this: […]

Raise your vibration, purify, pray peace

By Lara Trace I feel like I have a hangover from bad news. Every day, every protest, every blip about climate change, every conflict killing and shifting people around the planet, every major earth change, every environmental disaster, makes me want to crawl back into bed. Instead I purify and smudge myself with sage and […]

In The News: Slavery

The Economist’s review of Edward Baptist’s book on slavery and capitalism sparks a firestorm – and a retraction The Economist’s review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, along with the magazine’s retraction: And some reaction: And a review from the Los Angeles […]

Abolitionist John Quincy Adams: One Man’s Obstruction of Gov’t

John Quincy Adams 6th U.S. President John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a United States Senator and a member of the House of Representatives. Wikipedia Born: July 11, 1767, Braintree, MA Died: February 28, […]

In the News: Vermont, Slavery, Haiti

What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It’s More Than Back Wages) The Huffington Post February 24, 2014 By Greg Grandin, Professor of History, NYU Many in the United States were outraged by the remarks of conservative evangelical preacher Pat Robertson, who blamed Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake on Haitians for selling their souls to Satan. Bodies […]

South Carolina bill defines Native American tribes as clones?

Ninety-four year old Etiwan matriarch, Alica Flagler, has facial features, identical to those Creek Indians living along the Savannah River. Her skin tone is slightly darker. By Richard Thornton Native American History Examiner January 22, 2014 Will it ever end? From the moment that Southern planters began intentionally breeding Native American slaves to African American […]

my crazy: human trafficking, historical trauma

By LARA I have written here on this blog about my becoming Lara, integrating parts of my persona that were buried or stunted or created as an adoptee growing up with strangers. I had posted on Facebook (as Trace) how I experienced huge chunks of CRAZY, had patterns of unhealthy behavior and even how big […]

The Healing

My friend and co-author Patricia Busbee highly recommends this book. Great reviews on Amazon!Plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield’s intense grief over losing her daughter crosses the line into madness when she takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague that is sweeping […]

let us join forces to make our world slavery-free

UN Secretary-General’s Message for 2013 This year’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery comes as the international community is intensifying efforts to eradicate poverty and forge a post-2015 development agenda.  In pursuing these goals, it is vital that we give special consideration to ending modern-day slavery and servitude which affects the poorest, most socially […]

haplotypes and migrations

I wonder seriously about this science knowing what I know now about Human Trafficking and the Atlantic Slave Trade and migrations. I just attended a conference at Yale that discussed this intensely. One thing: Every slave ship carried Indigenous People from the Americas to Europe, Africa, France and beyond. This would skew the results of […]

Princess Alayban to face charges of human trafficking

Dear Readers, The case of Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban, accused of human trafficking in the U.S., has caused a stir throughout the world. But do you know how the story was uncovered? A few weeks ago, the victim, identified as ‘Jane Doe,’ escaped Alayban’s home where she alleges she was forced to work 16 hours a […]