Tag Archives: Slavery

Unhinged History: We “Voluntarily” Ended Slavery

A member of the Colorado Board of Education apparently believes very fantastical things about American history. As an opponent of the “anti-American” Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum, board member Pam Mazanec believes we should teach American exceptionalism because we “voluntarily … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Outreach

One of the Right’s favorite martyrs, Dinesh D’Douchebag, apparently shares his thoughts on the unheralded benefits of slavery in his new book. “Did America owe something to the slaves whose labor had been stolen?” D’Souza writes in the book, according … Continue reading
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I’m Not Racist, But…

Cliven Bundy appeared on The Peter Schiff Show to clarify his comments and deny that he is a racist, but he said exactly the same things. BUNDY: “I’m wondering if they’re better off under a government subsidy and their young … Continue reading
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April Madness

Artist – Adamn Zyglis In other news, former senator and Heritage Foundation chief Jim DeMint has less knowledge of the constitution and slavery than your average elementary school student. Ole Jim is a dyed in the wool Lost Causer and … Continue reading
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Heritage

Georgia state officials have approved a new licence plate featuring a confederate flag that covers the entire plate. Because its our heritage. From the Associated Press The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate design, … Continue reading
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Is Greed Still Good?

Artist – Adam Zyglis According to Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), Republican obstruction is vital to the survival of America because if there was no obstruction we would still have slavery. Blocking Patricia Millett’s confirmation is just like blocking slavery. Or … Continue reading
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Derbyshire: Slavers Weren’t All Bad, Some Only Beat Their Slaves “Once in a While”

I’m sure you remember John Derbyshire, the National Review columnist who was fired after he wrote that you should avoid black people. Ole John is at it again and, frankly, I’ve been at a loss on how to convey how … Continue reading
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Jim Wheeler: You Want Slaves? You Got ‘Em!

Here’s Colbert on Nevada assemblyman and “extra in a Coen brothers movie” Jim Wheeler. I am calling on Assemblyman Wheeler’s constituents to prove just how dedicated this man is. Start a petition calling on Jim Wheeler to punch himself in … Continue reading
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Photo of the Day

The first African-American President of the United States peers through “the door of no return” at the House of Slaves on Goree Island via The Obama Diary On the House of Slaves Goree Island is a small 45-acre island located … Continue reading
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George Bush’s Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave Trader

Via Taegan Goddard: Twelve American presidents owned slaves, eight while serving in office, and at least 25 presidents count slave owners among their ancestors. But new historical evidence shows that a direct ancestor of George W. and George H.W. Bush … Continue reading
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Keepin’ it Classy

A monument to a distant ancestor of Michelle Obama that was born into slavery has been knocked over at its resting place outside Atlanta. From the Associated Press REX, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia are investigating after a monument … Continue reading
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The Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery. Period.

David Frum wrote a nice piece about this topic in the context of commemorating the 25th anniversary of Battle Cry of Freedom. His salient points: From time to time, we hear denials of the centrality of slavery to the Civil … Continue reading
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Better Late Than Never?

The state of Mississippi apparently didn’t ratify the 13 Amendment until last month. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865. Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying the amendment last month … Continue reading
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The Long Shadow of Barack Obama’s Inauguration

My Inauguration Day column begins like so: President Obama was officially sworn in yesterday for his second term as chief executive and, this afternoon, he’ll be ceremonially sworn in with all of the usual Capitol fanfare and speeches. While not … Continue reading

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Grappling with the Conundrum of ‘Django Unchained’

My Thursday column: I don’t mean to step on Chez Pazienza’s toes as the unofficial The Daily Banter Movie Guy, but I wanted to take some time with the new Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained; partly because racial issues and … Continue reading

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Civil Rights and the History of Party Platforms. And Ann Coulter.

My rather long Monday column covers the ideological and platform shifts of the parties from 1860 to present day, and how Republicans like Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck are lying about it. While I was reviewing some of my Civil … Continue reading

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Genealogists: POTUS is Descended From Slaves

According to a team of genealogists working for Ancestry.com, President Obama’s ancestral roots can be traced back to one of the first documented slaves in America. And this connection is on his mother’s side of the family, not his father’s. … Continue reading

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Mandatory TV Viewing

PBS has produced a wonderful documentary based on Douglas Blackmon’s groundbreaking book, Slavery By Another Name. The story reveals the unspoken history of “neo-slavery” in America — a phenomenon that lasted until around World War II. African Americans by the … Continue reading

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Slave Tells Former Master to Suck It

This is fascinating. Historians discovered this 1864 letter from a former slave to his former master. Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865 To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to … Continue reading

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African-Americans and Studying the Civil War

Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a phenomenal piece in The Atlantic’s Civil War commemorative issue, and he laments that so few blacks are students of the Civil War, noting that it was “their” war. And for black people, there is this—the burden … Continue reading

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