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Category: history


Ta-Nehesi Coates addresses Congress on reparations

Here is a transcript of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ opening remarks at yesterday’s historic Congressional hearing on reparations: “Yesterday, when I asked about reparations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a familiar reply. America should not be held liable for something that…

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T. Thomas Fortune and Bordentown’s “Tuskegee of the North,” May 5, 2019

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What Catholic Church records tell us about America’s earliest black history

“For most Americans, black history begins in 1619, when a Dutch ship brought some “20 and odd Negroes” as slaves to the English colony of Jamestown, in Virginia. Many are not aware that black history in the United States goes…

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Black History Trail Makes 200 Stops Across Massachusetts

“Massachusetts was the first [colony] to legalize slavery, in 1641. Even before then, merchants in the Massachusetts Bay Colony had enslaved Native Americans, and by 1638 were bartering them for Africans in the West Indies. The slave trade grew from…

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Black travelers had every reason to fear N.J., but you wouldn’t know it from ‘Green Book.’

Kathleen O’Brien rightly notes the limitations of the Oscar-nominated movie Green Book, which tells the story of the friendship between pianist Dr. Don Shirley and his chauffeur Tony Lip and depicts segregation in accommodations in the South in the 1950s. …

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