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Hamilton Wasn't Quite the Man We Thought He Was

Alexander Hamilton's 'abolitionist' reputation takes a knock

(Newser) - Alexander Hamilton, "uncompromising abolitionist"? Not according to a new research paper that depicts the celebrated Founding Father as a slaveholder for much of his life, the Guardian reports. "When we say Hamilton didn't enslave people, we're erasing them from the story," the paper's...

2 State Constitutions Allowed for Slavery. But No More

Utah, Nebraska outlaw the practice, without exemptions

(Newser) - A person convicted of a crime in Utah or Nebraska could technically be punished with slavery under the state constitution, but no longer. Voters in both states chose to remove language describing the possible punishment on Tuesday. With passage of Amendment C, Article I, Section 21 of Utah's constitution—...

Barr Floats Idea of Sedition Charges Against Protesters

Attorney general also says shutdowns are biggest intrusion on civil liberties since slavery

(Newser) - The attorney general is making all kinds of headlines this week as he slams COVID-19 shutdowns, considers a big charge against protesters, and faults prosecutors in his own Justice Department. Coverage about William Barr:
  • Volatile words: During a Q&A at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Wednesday, Barr was asked
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Unmarked Graves of Former VP's Slaves Found on Campus

Clemson says it found more than 200 graves

(Newser) - Clemson University says it has discovered more than 200 unmarked graves on its campus—including those of enslaved people owned by former Vice President John Calhoun. The South Carolina university says researchers discovered at least 215 graves after students raised concerns about the site, a hillside at the university's...

Tom Cotton Calls Slavery 'a Necessary Evil'

Senator was criticizing 1619 Project

(Newser) - "As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built." That's how Sen. Tom Cotton described slavery in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Friday. The Republican was speaking out against the 1619 Project, a New York Times-based curriculum examining...

DNA Slavery Study Yields Surprises

More enslaved people came to the US from Nigeria than previously thought, researchers say

(Newser) - Using historical records has been the most traditional way to shed light on the dark stain of slavery in the United States. Now, per new research that the Scientist calls "the largest DNA study to examine African ancestry in the Americas," gene analysis is helping put more pieces...

Frederick Douglass Statue Toppled

Abolitionist gave 'What to the Slave is the Fourth of July' speech in Rochester in 1852

(Newser) - A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, NY, on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where...

Gone With the Wind Is Back, With a New Explainer

Movie returns to HBO Max with introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart

(Newser) - Gone With the Wind is back on HBO Max, but it's now got a nearly five-minute intro for context. "Eighty years after its initial release, Gone With the Wind is a film of undeniable cultural significance," Jacqueline Stewart, an African American host for Turner Classic Movies, notes...

Reference to Slavery in UVa Logo Is Edited Out

Sword handles undergo edit to remove reference to walls that hid slaves

(Newser) - The University of Virginia has altered its new athletics logo, revealed less than two months ago, over references to the school's history of slavery. The longstanding logo features a large "V" over crossed sabres, and in that April update, new detailing that was meant to "mimic the...

The Original Juneteenth Order Resurfaces

National Archives locates the 1865 document

(Newser) - Today is Juneteenth, and this year marks 155 years to the day since 2,000 Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing news that slavery had been abolished some two years earlier. There hadn't been enough Union troops in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation before that point, according...

Twitter CEO Announces New Company Holiday 'Forevermore'

Jack Dorsey says Twitter will make Juneteenth an official company holiday for US workers

(Newser) - As company after company puts out ads and sends out emails expressing their support for black Americans in the wake of the killing of George Floyd , Forbes notes that some, especially in the tech world, have been slammed for being all talk, no action. Twitter is looking to separate itself...

After 176 Years, City Removes Slave Auction Block

It sat on Fredericksburg corner for 176 years

(Newser) - A slave auction block has been removed from a street corner in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., some 158 years after the Emancipation Proclamation—and seven months after the city council voted 6-1 to remove it. The Washington Post reports that the 176-year-old block had been targeted during George Floyd protests, with...

First His Statue Came Down. Now His Body Will Be Removed

Bodies of Confederate general and his wife to be re-interred

(Newser) - In 2017, a Confederate general's statue was removed from a Memphis park (a move for which the city was punished ). Now, an even larger undertaking: The bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife will be removed from the park as well. The Sons of Confederate Veterans had...

Skeletons Found in Mass Grave Depict 'Grim Period'

Remains found in Mexico City were likely those among first group of slaves from Africa

(Newser) - In the late 1980s, archaeologists unearthed three skeletons in a mass grave in Mexico City, at the former site of a 16th-century hospital that served indigenous people. What made these skeletons stand out was their teeth, which were filed into shapes much like those found in people from parts of...

Cops: Man Made Woman Watch Roots to Confront Her 'Racism'

Robert Noye allegedly threatened the woman in his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa man was arrested Monday after being accused of employing an unusual attempt to school a woman on prejudice and discrimination. The Gazette reports that 52-year-old Robert Lee Noye is facing charges of first-degree harassment and false imprisonment after he allegedly forced a woman at his Cedar Rapids home...

Another Teacher in Hot Water Over Slavery Assignment

Missouri principal sends letter to parents acknowledging 'culturally insensitive' question

(Newser) - A Missouri teacher is on administrative leave after asking fifth graders to set their price for a slave. The Blades Elementary School teacher gave an assignment in class with 12 questions that, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , were meant to educate students on colonial market practices in America; 11 of...

Students Told to Write 'Funny' Captions for Slavery Photos

New York teacher is under investigation

(Newser) - A Long Island teacher is under investigation for assigning students to write "funny" captions for images of slaves in cotton fields. The 8th graders at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, New York, were given the black and white photos and told to "write something funny" as...

Statue Behind Charlottesville Unrest Is Back in the News

Robert E. Lee monument is defaced soon after judge rules it must stay

(Newser) - The statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the heart of the deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Va. , is once again in the news. NBC29 reports that somebody vandalized the base of the statue, which sits in a local park, by spray-painting "1619" on it. The reference is to...

McConnell: Obama and I Both Have Slave-Owning Ancestors

He says they're the same in that way, and on subject of reparations

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is opposed to reparations, a stance that he says is unchanged by some digging NBC News did. On Monday, it published a report based on 1850 and 1860 census records that showed two of his great-great-grandfathers were Alabama slave owners, having at least 14 slaves between them. CNN...

2 Big Names Heading to Capitol to Talk Reparations

Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates will testify at House Judiciary subcommittee hearing

(Newser) - The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel next Wednesday. The hearing's stated purpose: "to examine, through open and constructive discourse,...

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