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Slavery

Radical Republicans: The Anti-Slavery Group Who Pressur...

May 4, 2021

Political cartoon by Thomas Nast (1840-1902) depicting the Republican vote, represented by Uncle Sam riding an elephant, walking over the Democratic (Tammany) T...

The Slave Trade Act: British Parliament Finally Abolish...

April 16, 2021

Sugar plantation in the British colony of Antigua, 1823. (British Library/Wikimedia Commons) The long battle to stop the transatlantic slave trade came to a h...

1837 Canada Gives Black Citizens Right To Vote, Though ...

March 24, 2021

The path to equal voting rights in Canada is a long and winding road. While Europeans have inhabited the land since the 1400s, the actual origin of its hist...

13th Amendment To The U.S. Constitution: What It Looked...

January 31, 2021

13th Amendment of the United States Constitution. (National Archives of the Unites States/Wikimedia Commons) On January 31, 1865, Congress ratified the 13th A...

Harriet Tubman: Biography, Facts, And Things You Didn't...

January 29, 2021

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), American Abolitionist, Portrait, circa 1885. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Harriet Tubman wa...

The Conditions On Slave Ships: What Was It Like On A Sl...

January 11, 2021

1835: Slaves aboard a slave ship being shackled before being put in the hold. Illustration by Swain (Rischgitz/Getty Images) Imagine you're standing on the ed...

4 Times The United States Was More Divided Than It Is R...

November 25, 2020

(Boston Athenæum/Wikimedia Commons) If it seems like the United States has always been divided, that's likely no accident. The purposeful separation of Church...

John Brown: The Abolitionist's Death Which Sparked The ...

September 30, 2020

There are some historical figures whose very existence sparks the fire of everything that follows. They speak not only for themselves but for a moment in tim...

Frederick Douglass's "What To The Slave Is The Fourth O...

July 4, 2020

American orator, abolitionist, writer, and escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (1817–1895). (MPI/Getty Images) "Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by asking me t...

King Leopold II Of Belgium: The Criminal Who Brutally K...

June 25, 2020

Portrait of the future king Leopold II, king of the Belgians. (Nicaise de Keyser/Wikimedia Commons) Having only gained its independence from the Netherlands i...

Juneteenth: Slavery Abolished In The U.S. In 1865 (The ...

June 19, 2020

A Juneteenth celebration in Richmond, Virginia, 1905. (VCU Libraries/Wikimedia Commons) On June 19, 1865, Union army general Gordon Granger stood on the balco...

Robert E. Lee: The Man Behind The Monument

June 9, 2020

Even when he was born on a tobacco plantation in Virginia on January 19, 1807, Robert E. Lee was already intrinsically tied to American history. His father, Henry Lee III, w...

How The U.S. Police Service Was Founded As A Slave Hunt...

June 7, 2020

It may seem like police have been around since the first caveman stole a rock from another, but they've actually only been patrolling since just before the C...

Delphine LaLaurie: New Orleans's Famously Sadistic Slav...

February 9, 2020

New Orleans is full of ghost stories, but the most haunting tale is that of Delphine LaLaurie, a mad slave owner who tortured the men and women in her employ. Sto...

Zwarte Piet, The Controversial Black Servant Of The Dut...

December 21, 2019

A Sinterklaas celebration, which takes place on December 5. (Photo by John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images) Every winter, the people of the Netherlands an...

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confe...

December 4, 2019

Born into slavery and forced to work as a ship's captain without any of the respect usually afforded to a ship's captain, Robert Smalls was a man who refused to ...

Onesimus: The Slave Who Brought Inoculation To America ...

October 10, 2019

Smallpox was a singularly devastating disease in the 18th century, killing up to 30% of those infected within mere days or weeks of contamination. The virus ...