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Remembering Harlem’s Muslim History

Since 2014, graduate student Katie Merriman points out sites, past and present, related to the Muslim history of Harlem during her free walking tours of the area.  Click here to read about highlights of the tour through a rapidly changing…

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Formerly Enslaved Dane, a Pioneer to Iceland

Hans Jonathan, born enslaved in St. Croix a Danish possession in 1784, fled to Iceland when a Danish court denied his assertion that he was granted freedom by the crown prince for service in the Danish navy.  The Danish government…

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Implicit Bias and American History

Chernoh Sesay Jr. illustrates how applying the social psychology concept of implicit bias to “historical studies of race, human bondage, and post-slavery, might . . . open new revelations and pose new remedies for the issue of race in the…

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History class should be the last place where we stop talking about race

Noting the complaint that “appears at least once on my students’ course evaluations: ‘too much time on race’ ” every time he teaches American history, Donald Earl Collins adds, “A small but persistent minority of my students seem to want…

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Colin Kaepernick and Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

Brent Staples compares the histories of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key, who owned human beings, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the popularity of the latter in the African American community reflecting “a quiet act of rebellion…

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