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Opinion | New Year’s Day Is Also Emancipation Day - The New York Times
By Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
Mr. Jackson is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Dec. 30, 2018
Emancipation  slavery  history  Jesse_Jackson 
january 2019 by jerryking
Not just another long weekend: Why Canada should rebrand the August ‘Civic Holiday’ - The Globe and Mail
DAN GARDNER
CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED 2 DAYS AGO
UPDATED AUGUST 3, 2018
Dan Gardner is a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His books include Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
Canada  Ontario  rebranding  Emancipation  slavery  history 
august 2018 by jerryking
Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth - The New York Times
By NICOLE TAYLOR JUNE 13, 2017

For over 150 years, African-Americans have gathered on June 19 — the day known as Juneteenth — to celebrate freedom. The holiday is rooted in Texas, signifying the day in 1865 when, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a Union general who had made his way to Galveston delivered the news that slavery had been abolished. Texans who had been chattel erupted in triumph.
African-Americans  Emancipation  freedom  Texas  the_South  slavery  picnics  traditions  Civil_War  Abraham_Lincoln 
june 2017 by jerryking
Why Reconstruction Matters - NYTimes.com
By ERIC FONER MARCH 28, 2015

Reconstruction also made possible the consolidation of black families, so often divided by sale during slavery, and the establishment of the independent black church as the core institution of the emerging black community. But the failure to respond to the former slaves’ desire for land left most with no choice but to work for their former owners.

It was not economic dependency, however, but widespread violence, coupled with a Northern retreat from the ideal of equality, that doomed Reconstruction. The Ku Klux Klan and kindred groups began a campaign of murder, assault and arson that can only be described as homegrown American terrorism. Meanwhile, as the Northern Republican Party became more conservative, Reconstruction came to be seen as a misguided attempt to uplift the lower classes of society.
African-Americans  segregation  Jim_Crow  the_South  Reconstruction  violence  slavery  emancipation  Civil_War  KKK  terrorism 
march 2015 by jerryking
Return to Self-Reliance
August 13, 1997 | Wall Street Journal | Jason L. Riley

A sad truth of late-20th-century black history is the lack of emphasis black leaders have placed on economic independence, opting instead to funnel resources toward integrating predominantly white institutions, be they political, corporate or educational. Such was not always the thinking; indeed, blacks left bondage with a very different mind-set.

"When you think back to the situation right after the Emancipation Proclamation, African-Americans did a couple things coming right out of slavery," Mr. Price said recently in an interview. "They started up colleges and they started up businesses, like independent farms and burial societies that led to the creation of insurance companies. And as black folks moved into the cities, they started everything that came with living there--barber shops, grocery stores, hotels."

Part of the reason blacks were able to do these things despite the racial barriers of Reconstruction and, later, Jim Crow, was the guidance and support of individuals such as Booker T. Washington. The pre-eminent black leader of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Washington was a shrewd self-help advocate and educator, and a relentless promoter of black economic independence. In 1901, the black novelist Pauline Hopkins called him "probably the most talked of Afro-American in the civilized world today."

A famous William Johnson painting of Washington shows the former slave addressing a class full of attentive black children. The blackboard behind him depicts a plow, a shovel, books and writing instruments--symbolizing the "tools" Washington realized were essential to the postslavery progress of his race. Demonstrating a keen understanding of the central role money and wealth accumulation play in advancing a people, Washington said: "No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized."
Jason_Riley  African-Americans  conservatism  Booker_T._Washington  Emancipation  capital_formation  capital_accumulation  self-help  civil_rights  education  self-reliance  Jim_Crow  economic_empowerment  generational_wealth  institutions  desegregation  history  Reconstruction  leaders 
september 2012 by jerryking
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves: Amazon.ca: Adam Hochschild: Books
In 1787, 12 men met in a print shop in England to begin planning an antislavery campaign. It would eventually take 50 years for the campaign to accomplish its goal, but it would succeed in ending slavery in the largest empire on earth and would forge what would later become the standard means of civic protests in democratic societies, including petitions, boycotts, and grassroots political movements. The incredible cast of individuals who fought for abolition includes Olaudah Equiano, an ex-slave whose memoir and accomplishments made him famous and helped subvert the arguments that blacks were uncivilized, and Thomas Clarkson, the intrepid organizer and activist who chronicled the movement and mobilized supporters. Hochschild also recounts the complicated social and economic tensions at work, such as the fact that Britons who faced being pressed into involuntary naval service had sympathy for slaves being abducted from Africa, as factors in Britain's position on slavery.
abolition  abolitionists  activism  Amazon  books  boycotts  civic_protests  emancipation  grass-roots  petitions  protests  protest_movements  slavery 
march 2012 by jerryking
Reason in Disrepair - WSJ.com
November 22, 2002 | WSJ | By ALLEN GUELZO.
Reparations for slavery were one of the first concerns raised by blacks after emancipation in 1863. They have since come to address, along with slavery, Jim Crow, race riots, and other indignities and cruelties heaped upon black Americans in the days before the Civil Rights movement. Reparations are not, on their face, simply a dismissible idea or merely a partisan one. If we recognize any force in the arguments in favor of reparations for the Holocaust or for the interning of Japanese-Americans during World War II, then there's nothing illogical about considering some form of reparations to American blacks.

The key word is "considering." That suggests some kind of dispassionate review of facts, arguments and strategies. None was in evidence at "Forty Acres and a Mule," a reparations conference last week at Columbia University in New York, where I was a panelist. The word "reparations" can mean many things depending on one's point of view: restitution, reinstatement, restoration. At Columbia it meant one thing: rage.

Any kind of reasonable discussion at the conference was trumped, and trumped big-time, by anger. Some panelists spoke of vague, global reparations for racism toward all blacks everywhere, so vague that one questioner from the audience tried to pin down a panelist by asking: "Yes, but who's going to write me the check?" Other panelists cast their demands in the language of personal therapy. One complained of the "pain" he experienced from centuries of subjugation, without explaining just how reparations were going to ease that pain.
reparations  slavery  Emancipation  Civil_War  rage  African-Americans  personal_therapy  Jim_Crow  indignities 
march 2012 by jerryking
Cruel ironies - FT.com
December 16, 2005 | FT | By Christian Tyler.

ROUGH CROSSINGS: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
by Simon Schama
BBC Books £20, 488 pages
slavery  emancipation  Simon_Schama  history  historians  book_reviews 
january 2012 by jerryking
Voices of Slavery Caught Out of Time - NYTimes.com
December 6, 2011, 9:00 PM
Caught Out of Time
By KARENNA GORE SCHIFF
slavery  history  African-Americans  emancipation 
december 2011 by jerryking
Was Freedom Enough? - NYTimes.com
November 11, 2011, 9:30 pm
Was Freedom Enough?
By GREGORY P. DOWNS and JAMES DOWNS
Reconstruction  slavery  Civil_War  emancipation 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Wealth That Came From Wrong - WSJ.com
MARCH 24, 2006 | WSJ | FERGUS M. BORDEWICH. Reviews INHUMAN BONDAGE:
THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD
By David Brion Davis
(Oxford University Press, 440 pages, $30)

Slavery was once the cornerstone of America's future. In 1860, as investment capital, the value of the nation's slaves far exceeded the cash value of all the farms in the South and represented three times the cost of constructing all the railroads that then existed in the U.S. At the time, the South grew more than 60% of the world's cotton, supplying mills and markets from Manchester to Moscow and making not only Southern planters but also Yankee bankers, insurers, commission agents and shipowners very rich....the collapse of slavery in Brazil and its abolition there in 1888.
abolition  book_reviews  Brazil  capitalism  Civil_War  economic_clout  economic_history  emancipation  Quakers  slavery  the_South  wealth_creation 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Triumph of the Humanities - NYTimes.com
June 13, 2011,By STANLEY FISH.

There is now a (relatively) new discipline in which this breaking down
of time into spatial units that are read vertically rather than
horizontally is the obligatory gesture. It calls itself GeoHumanities
and its project is nicely encapsulated in the title of one of the essays
in a collection that officially announces the emergence of a field of
study. The collection is called “GeoHumanities: Art, History, Text at
the Edge of Place”; the essay (by Edward L. Ayers, an historian and
president of the University of Richmond) is entitled “Mapping Time.”

Ayers’s project is to map the changes that followed upon the
emancipation of the slaves after the Civil War. He and his colleagues
begin with a simple map and then they locate populations on the
landscape and “put down one layer after another: of race, of wealth, of
literacy, of water courses, of roads, of railways, of soil type, of
voting patterns, of social structure.”
Stanley_Fish  humanities  digital_humanities  geography  geohumanities  New_York  reservoirs  mapping  books  Civil_War  Emancipation  African-Americans  demographic_changes  metaphysical  metadata  overlay_networks 
june 2011 by jerryking
How Slavery Really Ended in America - NYTimes.com
By ADAM GOODHEART
Published: April 1, 2011
Earthshaking events are sometimes set in motion by small decisions.
Perhaps the most famous example was when Rosa Parks boarded a segregated
bus in Montgomery, Ala. More recently, a Tunisian fruit vendor’s
refusal to pay a bribe set off a revolution that continues to sweep
across the Arab world. But in some ways, the moment most like the flight
of fugitive slaves to Fort Monroe came two decades ago, when a minor
East German bureaucratic foul-up loosed a tide of liberation across half
of Europe.
slavery  emancipation  Civil_War  Abraham_Lincoln  escapees  fugitives 
april 2011 by jerryking
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Civil War - NYTimes.com
January 13, 2011, 9:00 pm
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Civil War
By DAVID ELTIS AND DAVID RICHARDSON
U.S.  slavery  Civil_War  emancipation  maritime  transatlantic 
january 2011 by jerryking

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