Korean Court Rejects Suit Against Japan Over Sexual Slavery

The decision contradicted an earlier court ruling in South Korea that said the Japanese government must compensate so-called comfort women.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #japan, #prostitution, #reparations, #slavery-historical, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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The Historian Annette Gordon-Reed Gets Personal in ‘On Juneteenth’

Gordon-Reed’s new book is a series of short, moving essays about her family’s history and about the end of legalized slavery in Texas.

#books-and-literature, #gordon-reed-annette, #juneteenth, #on-juneteenth-book, #slavery-historical, #texas

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Archaeologists Solve a Decades-Old Harriet Tubman Mystery

State and federal officials announced on Tuesday that they had located the site of the Maryland cabin where the Underground Railroad conductor lived as a young adult.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #harriet-tubman-underground-railroad-visitor-center-church-creek-md, #humanities, #larson-kate-clifford-1958, #maryland, #maryland-department-of-transportation, #slavery-historical, #tubman-harriet, #underground-railroad-19th-century

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What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?

As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.

#black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #morton-samuel-george, #museums, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #skull-body-part, #slavery-historical, #smithsonian-institution, #university-of-pennsylvania-museum-of-archaeology-and-anthropology

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Descendants Challenge Catholic Order’s Pledge on Slave Trade

The deal had been hammered out in a series of private meetings between the Jesuits and three descendant leaders.

#american-descendants-of-slavery, #black-people, #georgetown-university, #jesuit-conference-of-canada-and-the-united-states, #race-and-ethnicity, #roman-catholic-church, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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House Panel Poised to Advance Bill to Study Reparations in Historic Vote

The legislation, which would create a panel to consider reparations for slavery, is being considered as President Biden works to address racial inequity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #discrimination, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #house-of-representatives, #jackson-lee-sheila, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #reparations, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lessons From Lynchings

There’s a through-line from a noose on the neck to a knee on the neck.

#black-people, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #louisiana, #lynching, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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An Unlikely Alliance in Upstate N.Y. and the Fight for Black and Women’s Rights

Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward and Martha Wright shared a political cause and residency in Auburn, N.Y. “The Agitators,” by Dorothy Wickenden, tells the story of their joint crusade.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #content-type-personal-profile, #new-york-state, #seward-frances-1805-65, #slavery-historical, #the-agitators-three-friends-who-fought-for-abolition-and-womens-rights-book, #tubman-harriet, #wickenden-dorothy, #womens-rights, #wright-martha-coffin-1806-75

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How China’s Outrage Machine Kicked Up a Storm Over H&M

The Communist Party’s youth wing and official news outlets used grabby memes and hashtags to start a tsunami of nationalist fury over Xinjiang cotton.

#beijing-china, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #china, #communist-youth-league-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #slavery-historical, #social-media, #sweden, #uniqlo, #xinjiang-china

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Chicago Suburb Shapes Reparations for Black Residents: ‘It Is the Start’

Officials in Evanston, Ill., were weighing how to distribute $10 million in reparations to those who suffered housing discrimination.

#black-people, #city-councils, #discrimination, #evanston-ill, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #reparations, #slavery-historical

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Napoleon Isn’t a Hero to Celebrate

Institutions in France should pay more attention to their country’s history of slavery instead of honoring an icon of white supremacy.

#black-people, #bonaparte-napoleon, #colonization, #france, #guadeloupe, #haiti, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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A Powerful New Framing of America’s First Civil Rights Movement

Kate Masur’s “Until Justice Be Done” looks back at the fight for Black people’s freedom and equality, from the Revolutionary War to Reconstruction.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #federal-state-relations-us, #masur-kate, #slavery-historical, #united-states, #until-justice-be-done-the-struggle-between-states-rights-and-racial-equality-from-the-revolution-to-reconstruction-book

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Catholic Order Pledges $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor and Sales

The move by Jesuit priests is the largest such effort by the Roman Catholic Church and comes amid growing calls for reparations across the United States.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #georgetown-university, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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The G.O.P. Isn’t Going to Split Apart Anytime Soon

But is the party in danger of fracturing over its wavering commitment to democracy?

#mexican-american-war-1846-48, #new-yorker, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #taylor-zachary, #third-party-politics-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-of-1812

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Black Spirituals as Poetry and Resistance

These songs — the oldest musical expressions of the slave experience in this country — still have a lot to teach us about how we think about death and dignity.

#black-people, #music, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

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Images of Slaves Are Property of Harvard, Not a Descendant, Judge Rules

The woman who says the enslaved people are her ancestors plans to appeal the decision “about the patriarch of a family, a subject of bedtime stories.”

#decisions-and-verdicts, #harvard-university, #lanier-tamara, #massachusetts, #photography, #slavery-historical, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Black Farmers May Finally Get the Help They Deserve

A debt-relief program would be a step in repairing more than a century of discrimination by the Department of Agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #booker-cory-a, #discrimination, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

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He Was Born Into Slavery, but Achieved Musical Stardom

The life and work of Thomas Wiggins, who toured as “Blind Tom,” has been given more attention in recent years.

#black-people, #blindness, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #denk-jeremy, #georgia, #pianos, #slavery-historical, #wiggins-thomas-1849-1908

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University Finds 18th-Century Schoolhouse Where Black Children Learned to Read

The Bray School, which taught Christianity and reading to free and enslaved Black children, was found tucked inside a campus building at William & Mary in Virginia.

#black-people, #college-of-william-and-mary, #northam-ralph-s, #restoration-and-renovation, #slavery-historical, #virginia, #williamsburg-va

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A Teenager Was Bullied. His Ancestors Saved Him.

Dennis Richmond Jr. was a middle-schooler who took refuge in his family history, some of it very surprising.

#black-people, #connecticut, #genealogy, #roots-tv-program, #rye-historical-society, #slavery-historical

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After the Riot, What’s the Future of Art in the Capitol?

Built largely by enslaved people, the building includes just one small object honoring their work.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #restoration-and-renovation, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #supreme-court-us, #treaties

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San Francisco Pauses School Renamings to Focus on Returning Students to Classrooms

A plan to rename schools that honored people like Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson was put on hold after criticism of the plan and, particularly, its timing amid the pandemic.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #lincoln-abraham-high-school, #lopez-gabriela, #names-organizational, #san-francisco-calif, #slavery-historical, #washington-george-1732-99

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Portland Welcomes Monument (Origin Unknown) to Black Man Who Reached Pacific in 1805

City officials say they have no idea who raised a monument to York, the enslaved Black man who traveled with Lewis and Clark, in the park where a statue of a conservative Oregonian had stood.

#black-people, #clark-william-1770-1838, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #exploration-and-explorers, #lewis-meriwether, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mount-tabor-portland-ore, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-ore, #slavery-historical, #york-1770-1832

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Using an Anti-Klan Law Against Trump’s Clan

The recent federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is forcing us into a much-needed history lesson.

#black-people, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #ku-klux-klan, #mississippi, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #thompson-bennie-g, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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DNA and Race: What Ancestry and 23andMe Reveal

Our country has struggled to reckon with the horrors of the past. Could DNA tests help?

#23andme, #ancestry-com, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

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John C. Calhoun: Protector of Minorities?

Robert Elder’s new biography, “Calhoun,” recounts not only his life, but also his ideas about minority rights and his legacy on democratic political thought.

#books-and-literature, #calhoun-john-caldwell-1782-1850, #calhoun-american-heretic-book, #confederate-states-of-america, #content-type-personal-profile, #elder-robert-1981, #slavery-historical, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Black History’s Place in America’s Story

The failure to appreciate Black history leaves our nation incomplete.

#black-people, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Puncturing the Allure of Robert E. Lee, and Other Civil War-Era Histories

Three new books investigate Lost Cause mythology, justice in post-bellum Kentucky and the vibrant life of New Orleans’s Creole community in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

#a-shot-in-the-moonlight-how-a-freed-slave-and-a-confederate-soldier-fought-for-justice-in-the-jim-crow-south-book, #books-and-literature, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #economy-hall-the-hidden-history-of-a-free-black-brotherhood-book, #kentucky, #lee-robert-e, #montgomery-ben-journalist, #new-orleans-la, #robert-e-lee-and-me-a-southerners-reckoning-with-the-myth-of-the-lost-cause-book, #seidule-ty, #shaik-fatima, #slavery-historical

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The Sinking of a Bust Surfaces a Debate Over Denmark’s Past

An artists’ group, criticized as vandals for dumping the bust of an 18th-century king, Frederik V, into Copenhagen Harbor, says it wanted to draw attention to Denmark’s role in slave trading.

#art, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #denmark, #dirckinck-holmfeld-katrine, #frederik-v-1723-66, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #royal-danish-academy-of-fine-arts-copenhagen-denmark, #slavery-historical, #vandalism

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He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?

Dan-el Padilla Peralta thinks classicists should knock ancient Greece and Rome off their pedestal — even if that means destroying their discipline.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-personal-profile, #greece, #history-academic-subject, #princeton-university, #slavery-historical, #whites

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North Carolina Discontinues License Plates With Confederate Flag

The Division of Motor Vehicles said it had received complaints about the specialty plate, which had been issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

#automobile-registration-and-license-plates, #automobiles, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #north-carolina, #slavery-historical, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-states-us

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When the Threat of Political Violence Is Real

Congress has been here before. It wasn’t pretty.

#bullies, #debates-political, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #senate, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Monument Honoring Brooklyn Abolitionists Stalls Under Scrutiny

Activists say a proposed project is too abstract for a time when Black New Yorkers are eager to see figures that look like them among the city’s statues.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lee-shawne, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rasheed-kameelah-janan, #she-built-nyc, #slavery-historical, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #willoughby-square-park-brooklyn-ny, #women-and-girls

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Trump’s 1776 Commission Critiques Liberalism in Report Derided by Historians

The report charges that Americans are being indoctrinated with a false narrative of the nation’s founding and identity, including the role of slavery in its history.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #conservatism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Was the Constitution a Pro-Slavery Document?

In “The Crooked Path to Abolition,” James Oakes shows how Abraham Lincoln relied on America’s founding texts to chart a path to abolition.

#books-and-literature, #constitution-us, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #lincoln-abraham, #oakes-james-1953, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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Preserving New York’s Ties to the Underground Railroad

Safe houses and other structures used in the fight against slavery were often clandestine, and survivors today can be difficult to document. But there’s a 19th-century house in Washington Heights …

#brooklyn-nyc, #demolition, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #slavery-historical, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #washington-heights-manhattan-ny

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‘Sedition’: A Complicated History

As a mob stormed the Capitol, the word “sedition” was on many people’s lips. Its force is clear, but its echoes across American history are more complex and ambiguous.

#freeman-joanne-b, #merriam-webster-inc, #national-assn-of-manufacturers, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #stone-geoffrey-r, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition

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What Is Sedition?

As a mob stormed the Capitol, the word “sedition” was on many people’s lips. Its force is clear, but its echoes across American history are more complex and ambiguous.

#freeman-joanne-b, #merriam-webster-inc, #national-assn-of-manufacturers, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #stone-geoffrey-r, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition

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Boston Removes Statue of Formerly Enslaved Man Kneeling Before Lincoln

Officials voted unanimously to remove “Emancipation Group” in June, after a widespread petition and hours of debate.

#art, #art-commission, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #slavery-historical

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With a Fortifying Soup, Haitians Share Their Pride in Independence

Even in the pandemic, they’ll celebrate Jan. 1 by doling out soup joumou, a dish defined by national and familial traditions.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #haiti, #haitian-americans, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #slavery-historical, #soups, #squash-vegetable

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Uncovering a Cemetery’s Lost Black History, Stone by Stone

Sourland Mountain, a once-isolated region in New Jersey, has long inspired tall tales. Two local women turned “history detectives” have been trying to recover its true story.

#black-people, #buck-elaine-1953, #cemeteries, #content-type-personal-profile, #genealogy, #hopewell-nj, #if-these-stones-could-talk-african-american-presence-in-the-hopewell-valley-sourland-mountain-and-surrounding-regions-of-new-jersey-book, #mills-beverly-1950, #museum-of-the-american-revolution, #museums, #research, #slavery-historical, #stoutsburg-cemetery-hopewell-nj, #stoutsburg-sourland-african-american-museum-hopewell-nj

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At Johns Hopkins, Revelations About Its Founder and Slavery

The university and its medical system have long celebrated their founding benefactor as a staunch abolitionist. But newly surfaced documents tell a different story.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #daniels-ronald-j-1959, #hopkins-johns-1795-1873, #johns-hopkins-hospital-baltimore-md, #johns-hopkins-university, #jones-martha-s, #slavery-historical

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How Black People Learned Not to Trust

Concerns about vaccination are unfortunate, but they have historical roots.

#black-people, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #medicine-and-health, #sims-j-marion, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #sterilization-reproductive, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Thanksgiving Is a Celebration of Freedom

The origins of the national holiday have little to do with Pilgrims and Indians.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #hale-sarah-josepha, #lincoln-abraham, #slavery-historical, #thanksgiving-day

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Remembering the Enslaved Who Sued for Freedom Before the Civil War

In “A Question of Freedom,” the historian William G. Thomas III writes about families who pursued more than a thousand freedom suits, a number of them successful.

#a-question-of-freedom-the-families-who-challenged-slavery-from-the-nations-founding-to-the-civil-war-book, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #slavery-historical, #thomas-william-g

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Abolitionist Is Earliest Black Londoner Honored With Blue Plaque

Ottobah Cugoano, who became a writer and campaigner after surviving slavery in the West Indies, has been honored by a heritage program that long focused on white men.

#black-people, #english-heritage, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

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Enslaved, Terrorized, Disenfranchised: Black Americans Still Found Ways to Change America

Two new works of history, “South to Freedom,” by Alice L. Baumgartner, and “The Kidnapping Club,” by Jonathan Daniel Wells, show how the actions of Black Americans have long influenced national politics.

#baumgartner-alice-l, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #fugitives, #mexican-american-war-1846-48, #mexico, #new-york-city, #slavery-historical, #south-to-freedom-runaway-slaves-to-mexico-and-the-road-to-the-civil-war-book, #the-kidnapping-club-wall-street-slavery-and-resistance-on-the-eve-of-the-civil-war-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wells-jonathan-daniel-1969

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An Alarming Virus Trend on Staten Island

Two neighborhoods have become the latest hot spots as New York City tries to contain the possibility of a second wave.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hamilton-alexander, #new-york-city, #schuyler-mansion-state-historic-site-albany-ny, #serfilippi-jessie, #slavery-historical, #tottenville-staten-island-ny

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Alexander Hamilton, Enslaver? New Research Says Yes

A paper by a researcher at the Schuyler Mansion finds overlooked evidence in letters and Hamilton’s own account books indicating that he bought, sold and personally owned slaves.

#hamilton-play, #hamilton-alexander, #research, #schuyler-mansion-state-historic-site-albany-ny, #serfilippi-jessie, #slavery-historical

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