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Benjamin Franklin's parody of slavery apology

Though his health was declining rapidly, newspaper accounts of the proslavery speeches in the House roused him for one final appearance in print. Under the pseudonym “Historicus,” he published a parody of the speech delivered by James Jackson of Georgia.

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Notes On History

James Jackson gives the pro-slavery argument

Jackson spoke first and held the floor for about two hours. He could not believe that a dignified body of sober-minded legislators were allowing these “shaking Quakers” with their throbbing consciences to control the national agenda.

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Build communities, not prisons

Deborah H. Drake and David Scott, The Open University

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The prison industrial complex is large and growing. Prison building and expansion projects generate trade exhibitions, mail-order/Internet catalogues, and direct advertising campaigns that seek to engage architects, construction firms, investors, food, landscaping and plumbing supply companies, and other firms that specialise in fixtures and fittings for large industrial building. 1,022 more words

Happy Birthday, Amy Cassey!

Amy Cassey, anti-slavery and civil rights activist, was born in New York City on August 14, 1808. Born Amy Williams to an elite family, she married a wealthy Philadelphia businessman named Joseph Cassey in 1825. 223 more words

Written By Amy Cools

'Greeks called people "barbarians", so how can anyone act like Apartheid was a big deal?'

Walter Williams’ recent column on comparative slavery is intellectually dishonest in general, but his misquotation of abolitionist Frederick Douglass is either an especially egregious example of that, or he’s never bothered to even glance at it in context. 740 more words


The Merchant of Havana. The Jew in the Cuban Abolitionist Archive. Stephen Silverstein

Premio LAJSA 2017:

Stephen Silverstein, The Merchant of Havana: The Jew in the Cuban Abolitionist Archive (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016)

In The Merchant of Havana, Stephen Silverstein carries out a fascinating and original intersectional analysis that shows how anti-Semitic ideology and racist ideology came together in 19th century Cuba. 293 more words

19th Century

Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau!

Henry David Thoreau is the American philosopher and writer best known for two books, On Walden Pond and Civil Disobedience.

The first is about simplifying your life so as to find what it’s really all about, the second promotes breaking the law in protest when the state does wrong (think Martin Luther King in the Birmingham jail). 262 more words

Written By Amy Cools