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Juneteenth: America’s Other Independence Day

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 21/04/2021 - 3:58am in

(Recorded at Carnegie Hall on June 19, 2019) Juneteenth marks the day in 1895 when slaves in Texas learned they were free. Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, but many states ignored it, … Continue reading

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Racism in America

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 3:38am in

Slavery is our nation’s original sin; the treatment of people of color a blot on the history of a country “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Here, a variety of Moyers conversations with Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maya Angelou, David Simon, and others offer a useful primer on the history of racism in the United States and its continuing impact. Continue reading

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Silencing Black Voters, Again

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 5:30am in

Today, Republicans talk about “election integrity,” but their end game is the same as that of the former Confederates after the war: to keep Black and Brown Americans away from the polls to make sure the government does not spend tax dollars on public services. Continue reading

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The Southern System

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 28/03/2021 - 1:59am in

March 26, 2021 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed his state’s new voter suppression law last night in a carefully staged photo op. As journalist Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out, Kemp sat at a polished table, with six white … Continue reading

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Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 14/06/2017 - 12:25am in

Book at Lunchtime seminar on Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery, edited and written by Ryan Hanley (Fellow in History, University of Oxford). Transatlantic slavery, just like the abolition movements, affected every space and community in Britain, from Cornwall to the Clyde, from dockyard alehouses to country estates. Today, its financial, architectural and societal legacies remain, scattered across the country in museums and memorials, philanthropic institutions and civic buildings, empty spaces and unmarked graves. Just as they did in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British people continue to make sense of this ‘national sin’ by looking close to home, drawing on local histories and myths to negotiate their relationship to the distant horrors of the ‘Middle Passage’, and the Caribbean plantation. This collection brings together localised case studies of Britain’s history and memory of its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and slavery. Editor and author Ryan Hanley (Fellow in History, University of Oxford) joins an expert panel to discuss these essays, ranging in focus from eighteenth-century Liverpool to twenty-first-century rural Cambridgeshire, from racist ideologues to Methodist preachers, examining how transatlantic slavery impacted on, and continues to impact, people and places across Britain.

Ryan will be joined by Bob Harris (Professor of British History, University of Oxford), Padraic Scanlan (Assistant Professor in International History, LSE and Research Associate in History and Economics, Cambridge University). This event will be chaired by Sebabatso Manoeli (Lecturer in African History, University of Oxford)