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Slavery news and analysis from The Nation
June 28, 2021
Annette Gordon-Reed’s Personal History of Juneteenth
In her new book, Gordon-Reed reminds us that besides offering us origin stories the past can also provides us with a way to think about the present and future.
Robert Greene II
June 1, 2021
In California, a Case of Black Land Loss Is Finally Being Made Right
Charles and Willa Bruce, Black landowners in Manhattan Beach, lost their land to eminent domain in 1924. Nearly 100 years later, it’s being returned to their living descendants.
April 19, 2021
American Journalism’s Role in Promoting Racist Terror
History must be acknowledged before justice can be done.
Channing Gerard Joseph
March 17, 2021
The History of Freedom Is a History of Whiteness
A conversation with Tyler Stovall about his recent book
and whether or not the legacy of liberty can break away from racial exclusion and domination.
February 24, 2021
New York City and the Persistence of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Even after slave trade was banned, the United States and New York City, in particular, were complicit in allowing it to persist.
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February 17, 2021
We Need a Racial Reckoning to Save Democracy
We must undergo a truth and reconciliation process in order to establish a new civic consensus.
Megan Ming Francis
October 30, 2020
Here’s How to Ruin Tom Cotton’s Election Night
The Arkansas senator wants to pretend he’s running unopposed, but there’s an alternative candidate to the more-Trump-than-Trump senator who penned a fascistic op-ed.
October 2, 2020
American History Is Getting Whitewashed, Again
As demands for racial justice grow, Trump is pushing historical mythmaking into high gear.
September 21, 2020
Orlando Patterson and the Postcolonial Predicament
Out of the ruins of colonialism and empire, the sociologist insisted we could fashion a more egalitarian and liberated future.
July 3, 2020
Black Lives and the Fourth of July
After Juneteenth, it’s hard to overlook the hollowness of American freedom.