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My father’s family kept slaves – and he defended it. Acknowledging it matters

My father, a successful lawyer and former aerospace engineer with an Ivy League degree, was an ardent defender of slavery. Throughout my childhood, at the dinner table and the park, and when driving past public housing, he held forth on the superiority of white people and, as he saw it, the inferiority of everyone else. […]

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Georgetown Exploited the Economy of Slavery Long After Selling Its Own Slaves

It would be wrong to assume that after the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 slaves to Louisiana planters in 1838, slavery came to an end at Georgetown College. It’s likely that hundreds of slaves worked at the college, and on the Jesuits’ six plantations in southern Maryland, who are not recorded as property of the religious […]

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Ancestry uses lost letters to reunite a former slave’s family over a century later

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Songs for the dead: Oberlin celebrates Juneteenth with singing and dancing

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‘Built on backs of slaves!’ US talk show host shames UK celebrations of Queen’s Jubilee

Sunny Hostin, a co-host on the hit US talk show The View, denounced British celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee and showcases of national pride. She said that the “pomp and circumstance” of the Jubilee events and the Royal Family were in fact “built on the backs and the souls of slaves”. This follows controversial criticism […]

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For reparations, descendants of slaves will have to prove their lineage. But how?

Late last month, the California task force on reparations for slavery narrowly voted to limit restitution for those who could trace their ancestry to slavery in the United States. At the March 29 meeting, genealogists discussed how African Americans could establish their lineage to American slaves, who numbered about 4 million during the Civil War. […]