SOURCE: New York Times
Critic Carvell Wallace writes of the new television adaptation of James McBride's novel that trying to make entertainment out of the subject matter of slavery is an impossibility in 2020.
by John Buehrens
Christmas, in 1835 Boston, was not yet widely celebrated. New England’s Puritan heritage considered it “popish.”
by Erik Curren
Why has it taken so long for the climate movement to accomplish so little? And, since the clock is ticking to curb runaway global heating, how can we do better in the future?
by Robin Lindley
Her new book, "The Slave's Cause," rewrites the history of abolitionism.
by Jon Grinspan
The movement didn’t end slavery; the Civil War did.
SOURCE: The New Republic
by Michael Kazin
How unpopular opinions move history forward.
CONCORD, N.H. — When 20 slaves petitioned New Hampshire two centuries ago seeking their freedom, lawmakers decided the time wasn’t right and delayed action.Now, 233 years later, legislators in one of the nation’s whitest states have decided the time is right to consider the request. A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended the full body posthumously emancipate the 14 petitioners who never were granted freedom.Woullard Lett, a member of the Manchester NAACP, said it’s never too late to right a wrong....
by Stephen Kantrowitz
Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman in Django Unchained.No one could possibly mistake Quentin Tarantino for William Lloyd Garrison, but the director's Django Unchained nevertheless belongs to the tradition of antebellum white abolitionism. The film powerfully evokes a South, and a people, entirely under the sway of slaveholders' sadistic passions. This intellectual lineage explains why its depiction of slavery is so potent, and so wrong.
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