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emancipation



  • A Monument to Our Shared Purpose

    by Allen C. Guelzo and James Hankins

    The Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington embodies not white supremacy, but African-American agency and cooperative struggle.



  • The True Story of the Freed Slave Kneeling at Lincoln’s Feet

    by Laurie Maffly-Kipp

    The silence of the fugitive slave, the stillness and nakedness of the figure of Archer Alexander on the Emancipation Memorial, may well reflect the fragments of African American life that whites were able to see, but they should not be mistaken for empty space or lack of a voice.



  • Should the Freedmen’s Memorial Stay or Go?

    by Kevin M. Levin

    In considering what to do about the emancipation memorial, academic observers would do well to consider the gap between their understanding of a statue's public impact and the way that black residents experience it. 



  • Yes, D.C.’s Emancipation Memorial Advances White Supremacy

    by Rebekah Bryer

    The argument that freed slaves commissioned the Emancipation Memorial is only half true; white officials used the funds but ignored designs that expressed a role for the enslaved in bringing about emancipation.



  • Growing Up with Juneteenth

    by Annette Gordon-Reed

    "I... did not know, as a child, how intensely African-Americans had fought to keep alive the memory of Juneteenth—to commemorate our ancestors’ struggles and their hopes, and to link them to our own."



  • Make Juneteenth a National Holiday Now

    by Peniel Joseph

    Making a national holiday to honor the emancipation of enslaved people would help fulfill a "generational opportunity" to finally build the Beloved Community Martin Luther King Jr.  sought in his own lifetime.



  • Lessons from Haiti on Living and Dying

    by Marlene L. Daut

    The late historian C.L.R. James sought to disavow the importance of one of Haiti’s most storied revolutionary heroes to reveal the role played by the Revolution’s masses and less visible leaders, reflecting that each life and death is profoundly poltical.