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Slavery news and analysis from The Nation
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.
May 9, 2022
When Did the Ruling Class Get Woke?
A conversation with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on his new book
, which investigates the co-option of identity politics and the importance of coalitional organizing.
May 3, 2022
W.E.B. Du Bois’s Abolition Democracy
The enduring legacy and capacious vision of
April 4, 2022
Black Like Me? “Bridgerton” and the Fantasy of a Non-Racist Past
We can imagine a world where the only thing wrong with racial inequality is that non-white people are not allowed to share in the spoils of empire—but would we really want to live in it?
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March 11, 2022
Anti-Abortion Politicians Are Now Taking Inspiration From the Fugitive Slave Act
In a nod to the bad old days, an amendment to a Missouri anti-abortion bill would make it a crime to help a pregnant Missourian get an abortion outside the state.
January 6, 2022
Randall Kennedy Says It Loud
A conversation with the Harvard law professor about his new essay collection, the state or racial politics, campus activism, and much more.
October 5, 2021
Eric Williams and the Tangled History of Capitalism and Slavery
The historian and politician helped transform how several generations understood 18th- and 19th-century history.
September 8, 2021
What Is Owed
William Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen’s case for reparations.
William P. Jones
July 27, 2021
Barry Jenkins’s American Saga
The Underground Railroad,
Jenkins focuses how people survived slavery rather than on its brutality.