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Insurance Policies on Slaves: New York Life’s Complicated Past

In 1846, when sales slackened, New York Life began issuing policies insuring the lives of slaves. Reporter Rachel L. Swarns illustrates how numerous companies in a variety of industries profited from slavery. Sharon Ann Murphy, a historian at Providence College,…

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Georgetown to Offer Edge in Admissions to Slave Descendants

According to the New York Times article, “The university’s president, John J. DeGioia, who will discuss steps to atone for its past in a speech on Thursday afternoon, also plans to offer a formal apology, create an institute for the…

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Discussing race relations at work

New York Times, following on the Starbucks “Race Together” initiative, describes employees’ efforts to discuss race relations with their colleagues.

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