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Notes on "Slaves who Owned Slaves in Bahia, Brazil, 1800-1850." A lecture by Joao Reis, Professor of History, Federal University of Brazil

The Gilder Lehrman Center, History Department, and the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University sponsored a lecture by Professor of History Joao Reis called, “Slaves Who Owned Slaves in Bahia, Brazil, 1800-1850,” this Monday.   340 more words

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news: civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of transgender workers

via RhRealityCheck

It’s the first time the federal government has sued to protect transgender rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In two complaints, filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in federal courts in Michigan and Florida, the commission alleges that two employees faced workplace discrimination because they are transgender.

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Interview of Guy Chet - The Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of State Authority, 1688-1856

Guy Chet, Associate Professor of early American and military history at the University of North Texas, in his book The Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of State Authority, 1688-1856, makes a well-crafted argument for the persistence of Atlantic piracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, after the age of Blackbeard and Captain Kid. 153 more words

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Courting Division: How Three Southern California Court Cases Bolstered and Hindered Multiracial Civil Rights Movements

With Barack Obama’s second term inauguration in January and the multiracial coalition assembled for his 2012 victory, observers everywhere hailed America’s new demographics and electoral shifts: increasing numbers of Asian and Latino American voters exerting a national influence. 2,180 more words


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Ryan Reft's new article at the Tropics of Meta examines the positive and negative impact of three civil rights cases (Mendez v. Westminster School District, Oyama v. California, Tarao Takahashi v. Fish and Game Commission) that attempted to reduce racial discrimination California. Each of these cases addressed different laws that discriminated against minorities and minority aliens in California. In Mendez (1946), the en banc decision (a ruling rendered by all of the judges in a appellate circuit) United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that segregation of Mexican and Mexican American into separate schools was unconstitutional. The Oyama case (1948) attacked the California Alien Land laws. Oyama's defense sought and failed to have the Alien Laws invalidated, but effectively neutered them. In the Takahashi case (1948), a Japanese fisherman Tarao Takahashi challenged a 1943 California law that barred alien Japanese from obtaining fishing licenses. The US Supreme Court jettisoned the law, but failed to do so on the grounds that it was discriminatory. None of these cases were clean victories and they would later become contentious as the civil rights interests of various California minorities diverged. Reft has written another fascinating post on California's history.

Saving threatened archival collections

The postscript to my recent post about the exhibition on Roman crime at Nijmegen helped me to find the subject of this post. In this postscript I mentioned the decision of the… 1,813 more words

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