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We Are Not Done With Abolition

Eric Foner The New York Times
The framers of the 13th Amendment did not intend to establish an empire of prison labor.

Black Abolitionists Believed in Taking Up Arms

Randal Maurice Jelks Boston Review
Long before the Civil War, black abolitionists shared the consensus that violence would be necessary to end slavery. Unlike their white peers, their arguments were about when and how to use political violence, not if.

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The Stunning Achievement of Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet”

Richard Brody The New Yorker
"It’s a freedom movie; it’s not a slavery movie. It exists in a very perilous and conflicted time in our country, but it’s really about freedom and what you’re willing to do for it—not just for you, but for others." - Kasi Lemmons

books

‘The Water Dancer’: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ American Odyssey

David Fear Rolling Stone
This first novel by famed essayist Coates explores the world of slavery and abolition. The author "re-creates the world of the pre-Civil War South," says reviewer Fear, "with a journalist’s eye and ear for detail."

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Marriage under Adversity

Emily West Common-Place: A Journal of Early American Life
This timely piece of work reminds us that the rights we sometimes take for granted have not always been available to all.
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