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Two slave owners in Mauritania have been jailed in a country where slavery remains widespread but convictions rare, activists say. The sentences of 10 and 20 years are said to be the toughest-ever for the crime in the West African country. Slavery was outlawed in 1981 but 1% of the population are ...
Somewhere between the charoset and the matzo ball soup, the Passover Hagaddah makes a somewhat strange request: "In each generation, every person is obligated to see themselves as if they personally came forth from Egypt." It's not enough to merely remember that our ancestors were slaves ...
Larry King has an interesting tidbit for why the Second Amendment should be repealed -- and it's got to do with what he says is the real reason it was created ... to fight off slaves. We got the ex-talk show host Wednesday at E. Baldi in Bev Hills, where we asked what he thought of former Supreme ...
Over the weekend, I had a family member refer to my caregivers as "slaves." It was phrased to mean they would love to be me, ordering people around all the time. If ever you've had someone do any kind of physical activity on your behalf, you'll know that everyone has their own way of doing things, and ...
Over the past few years, the myth of Irish slavery has found fertile ground in Internet memes as a way to derail any conversation about historical complicity for white folks in the slave trade or the need for affirmative action today. If the Irish escaped from slavery to general inclusion and prosperity, the ...
The newspaper covering the city of Bristol in the west of England has launched a campaign to face up to the city's past as a hub of the British Empire's slave trade. Sputnik spoke to Sue Giles, Senior Curator of Bristol Museums, who explained how the city came to be involved in trading human beings.
Archaeologists think they have found the resting place of some slaves who died in bondage at what the Belvoir Plantation in Crownsville. ... CROWNSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Two years ago archaeologists uncovered and examined unique stone slave quarters on what was the Belvoir Plantation in Crownsville.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Investigators have determined that an old wooden wreck found on the Alabama Gulf Coast isn't the last slave ship to land in the United States, the Alabama Historical Commission said Monday. A statement released by the state agency said the ship remains found north of Mobile are too ...
Eventually, the stranger said goodbye and went on his way, but a little while later he wrote a letter to the plantation owner, informing him he would soon have to free his slaves—“that everybody was going to have to, that the North was going to see to it.” The stranger told the owner to go into the room where ...
Baton Rouge's Saundra McGuire, right, places a rose of remembrance next to a wreath at the marker for the Monroe Plantation Cemetery, after a commemorative program honoring the lives of the enslaved people buried there and at the nearby Bruslie Plantation Cemetery, both on property of the ...
March 6, 2018 Rio de Janeiro—As Brazil marks 130 years since the abolition of slavery this year, the descendants of runaway slaves have been celebrating two major victories in their long fight to get legal title to their land. In the northern state of Para, 500 of them in Quilombo Cachoeira Porteira took formal ...
Historical documents indicate that Meaher hatched the plan with ship captain William Foster, and on July 7, 1860, the Clotilda entered Mobile Bay carrying 103 slaves. It would be the last known time slave owners sailed an African slave ship to the U.S.. To hide the evidence of their crime, the crew set the ...
Slave labor had become so entrenched in the Southern economy that nothing—not even the belief that all men were created equal—would dislodge it. When delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, they were split on the moral question of human bondage and ...
The complaint says that when women turned over collateral, which could include compromising pictures and damaging personal information, they would become "slaves." The prosecutors' detention request refers to "over fifty female slaves," and said he enjoyed the backing of wealthy individuals. ...

Stacey Dash is far from the only political candidate who is clueless when it comes to Black history. Catherine Templeton, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in South Carolina, displayed her ignorance in claiming to not know that one of her ancestors owned slaves, Greenville News reported. Sixty-six of ...
Fort Lauderdale resident Lenden Pendergrass' form of a “garage sale” involved drugs and drug-addicted sex slaves who lived in his garage, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in federal court. The only offenses in the complaint against Pendergrass, a 54-year-old, five-time prison resident, are ...
The 1,800 residents of Barbuda can trace their ancestry to slaves who worked on the Caribbean island to the late 17th century, when it was a supply station for sugar cane plantations. When abolition arrived more than 100 years later, their former masters, the British Codrington family, abandoned the tiny ...
What if I told you that even though Republican candidate for governor Catherine Templeton told Bob Jones students earlier this month that her family didn't fight in the Civil War "because we had slaves," it turns out her family actually did own quite a few slaves? Greenville News reported over the weekend ...
A candidate for S.C. governor, who has spoken fondly of the Confederacy, says she was unaware her ancestor owned dozens of slaves at the time of the Civil War. The Greenville News reports census records show Catherine Templeton's ancestor, Hiram Clark Brawley, was a “substantial” slave owner in ...
Strikers carried signs that explain much about the world in which twenty-first-century workers operate. “Somos Trabajadores, No Esclavos. We Are Workers, Not Slaves.” When police cracked down violently, the Mexican newspaper La Jornada ran a cartoon of police beating strikers. “Haven't thirty years of ...
The rugged landscape of north Wales is not a place usually associated with modern-day slavery. Yet for some victims, its remote location has become a refuge. Sophie - not her real name - has a tragic but not unique tale. Living in eastern Europe, she was approached by a family friend, known as Robert, ...
If you are one of those who have not heard of a slave named Henry Brown or Robert Smalls or the famous Frederick Douglass, reenactments will be performed by Pastor Craig A. Cauley of Chosen Fellowship Church, the Rev. Dr. Charles A. Searcy, the Rev. William A. Feagin, Councilman Ezra Scott Jr, ...
A wreath will be laid at the plaque marking the graves of freed black slaves who died crossing Ebenezer Creek in 1864, as part of Black History Month. Everyone in the community is invited to the ceremony, which is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the African American section of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church ...
Wilder says the industrial revolution in the North was fueled, in a large part, by the slave economy in the American South. That fact has a direct link to MIT and schools like it. “Cotton manufacturers in New England who need skilled engineers to build factories, design machines, and maintain production, ...
The total awards made by the Slave Compensation Commission (£20m) appear “monstrous”, but most contemporaries did not share that opinion. The sanctity of property rights, whether relating to goods, slaves or serfs, underpinned the legal system in Britain and many European countries, while the ...
When you look at the White House, you probably don't think of it as a Southern plantation mansion—the way you might, say, a columned antebellum pile in Georgia. But Washington, D.C. was carved out of territory from Virginia and Maryland, both slave states. Slavery was legal in the nation's capital until ...
A gangmaster who brought men from Romania to work in a factory for less than £2 an hour has been jailed. Mihai Varga, of Ashwin Road, Birmingham admitted exploiting the men who worked 12-hour shifts at a food processing factory in Staffordshire. The men, aged between 26 and 50, were kept in ...
Romanian 'Slaves' in UK Denounce Police 'Liberators'. UK police embarrassed after Romanian and Lithuanian farm workers freed in police swoop insist they were not 'slaves' and demand their jobs back. Marcus Tanner. BIRN. London ...
Guasco calls this “Anglo-America's first true slave society.” Soon after, in 1641, Massachusetts became the first North American colony to legally authorize slavery. Several hundred other Pequot captives were in bondage there, and African slavery was already established. Yet, as Guasco notes, Indian ...
Thomas was a cruel master, starving and beating his slaves and breaking up their attempts to worship, read and write. He leased Douglass out to other masters who attempted to break his independent spirit with physical and emotional abuse. Eventually, Douglass returned to Hugh in Baltimore, fell in love ...
Seventh-graders at an Austin middle school were asked to draw themselves as slaves on a homework assignment last week. Tonya Jennings, whose 12-year-old attends Four Points Middle School, told KVUE-TV she was taken aback when her daughter brought the worksheet home. The assignment tells ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much remains unknown about how millions of enslaved Africans used it in their kitchens and how it got to those kitchens to begin with.
The student researchers, their professor, and an archivist discovered that a decade before he founded MIT, the university's first president owned slaves in Virginia. William Barton Rogers owned eight slaves in the mid-1800s when he lived in Virginia on the campuses of two colleges there, William and Mary ...
Eventually, the stranger said goodbye and went on his way, but a little while later he wrote a letter to the plantation owner, informing him he would soon have to free his slaves—“that everybody was going to have to, that the North was going to see to it.” The stranger told the owner to go into the room where ...
AUSTIN, Texas - Parents of a seventh grader at Four Points Middle School are appalled by a class assignment. In the 16-page homework packet, one page asked the student to draw themselves as a slave. When Tonya Jennings saw the assignment, she couldn't believe her eyes. "Immediately, I felt ...
Anyone with an awareness of Kanawha Valley history will have some inkling of the early 19th century salt mining that powered the valley's growth and the development of the city that would become the capital of West Virginia. What is perhaps less well-known is the fundamental role slave labor and the ...
Migrant flower pickers have been protesting outside a police station after officers "rescued" them from an alleged slave farm. The crowd of more than 100 workers took to the streets to demand the release of their employer following a police raid on the farm where they had been working. Three men were ...
Slaves escaping the South during the mid-1800s frequently traveled through both Wayne and Holmes counties on their way to Canada. ... According to the book “The Mysteries of Ohio's Underground Railroads,” a number of well-known Wayne County citizens were involved in helping slaves escape from ...
More than 200 potential modern slaves have been found working at a flower farm in Cornwall. Police raided the property in the picturesque village of Manaccan and discovered mostly male migrants from Eastern Europe living in caravans on the site. Two men aged 41 and 61 have been arrested on ...
Tunnels under a church in western Maryland still show the secret, dangerous journey that escaped slaves faced. Advertisement. Florida woman: Airline told me to flush pet hamster. Loading more articles... Advertisement. Florida woman: Airline told me to flush pet hamster. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy.
For nearly two centuries, the woods at George Washington's famous estate contained a secret. A graveyard for the former president's slaves lay buried beneath a thicket of vegetation. Removed from the property's typical tourist spots, the burial ground was all but erased from existence.
McGhee, the bill's sponsor, referred to a mural in the House chamber that depicts a slave woman holding a bushel of cotton near Andrew Jackson, the state's military governor who would later become president. "Because her lips were sealed, I will attempt to do justice," McGhee said. "You see, if she were ...
Two years after the Declaration of Independence, North Carolina opened land offices in Burke and Rutherford counties and started dishing out grants in Western North Carolina. A land rush followed, negating the claims of early speculators, squatters and Revolutionary War veterans, some of whom ...
Despite Illinois' status as a free state, runaway slaves and free blacks did not find the state accommodating in its earliest days. Slave owners in southern Illinois were allowed to keep their slaves when Illinois joined the union in 1818. Then, they were permitted to commit newer generations of freed black ...
Slavery Plantation German engraving shows slaves as they harvest and process cotton on a plantation, Southern United States, mid 19th Century. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). A White teacher shocked and outraged both parents and students when she singled out Black students for a horrific ...
“I didn't know about New Mexico's slave trade, so I was just stunned,” said Mr. Trujillo, 66, a retired postal worker who lives in Los Angeles. “Then I discovered how slavery was a defining feature of my family's history.” Mr. Trujillo is one of many Latinos who are finding ancestral connections to a flourishing ...
Her ancestors were slaves owned by the Jesuit priests of Maryland. The priests owned what we know as Georgetown University. The school was struggling in debt, so the priests sold 272 slaves to keep the school afloat. Now, 180 years later, the University has formally apologized and is offering preferred admission to the ...


 

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