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Slavery news and analysis from The Nation
November 30, 2022
What the Grimkes’s Family History Tells Us About the United States
, historian Kerri Greenidge offers a powerful and unique account of this family’s history—an account that offers tales of slavery, violence, loss, resilience, and redemption.
Kellie Carter Jackson
November 29, 2022
Nancy Fraser’s Lessons From the Long History of Capitalism
She talked to
about capitalism’s evolutions and what the left can do to better prepare for the next political crisis.
November 3, 2022
How Saidiya Hartman Changed the Study of Black Life
A conversation with writer about her pathbreaking book
Scenes of Subjection
and how our understanding of race has changed in the last two decades.
October 24, 2022
Redefining Freedom With Robin Kelley
A conversation with the historian about the 20th-anniversary of his seminal book
, how the meaning of freedom has changed in the intervening years, the reparations debate, and more.
October 3, 2022
Thulani Davis’s Freedom Visions
Her new history of the Civil War and Reconstruction examines the ways in which Black Americans formed networks of self-reliance in their pursuit of emancipation.
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September 21, 2022
Imani Perry’s Capacious History of the South
While the South is often dismissed as a region catching up to the rest of the country, Perry’s new book demonstrates why it has always been the key to defining the promise and limits of American democracy.
Robert Greene II
July 12, 2022
Mo Farah Reveals That He Is a Survivor of Human Trafficking
The legendary long-distance runner should be celebrated for his courage.
July 8, 2022
Republicans Are Attacking Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor for Saying Slavery Was Terrible
Conservative politicians and commentators are circulating carefully edited clips of a speech by Mandela Barnes and claiming to be outraged.
June 20, 2022
Keeping Juneteenth Radical
Crass commercialization of a holiday is as American as a Labor Day sale, and so it is up to us to keep the true spirit of Juneteenth alive.
Robert Greene II
May 11, 2022
What the Anti-Abortion Movement Learned From Abolitionists
On this week’s podcast, Linda Hirschman discusses the problems of activism in a country divided against itself.