Browsing All posts tagged under »slavery«

The Germantown Protest (1688)

February 22, 2013


The first (White) discourse against slavery in the American colonies. In 1688, some settlers from the Rhine Valley, fleeing persecution in their homeland, looked at the institution of slavery as practiced by some of their fellow settlers, and identified that as persecution as well.  We would not wish this done to us, they said, which […]

My Escape From Slavery by Frederick Douglass

February 10, 2012


First printed in The Century Illustrated Magazine, November 1881.  IN THE FIRST NARRATIVE of my experience in slavery, written nearly forty years ago, and in various writings since, I have given the public what I considered very good reasons for withholding the manner of my escape. In substance these reasons were, first, that such publication […]

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

January 18, 2012


I reprint this famous essay on the occasion of it being banned in Arizona.   (Arizona also banned Shakespeare’s “Tempest.”  Get your copy soon.)  On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau [1849] I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted […]

(Warning – disturbing image.) Georgia Labor Camp 1932

March 15, 2011


In 1932, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is published for the first time. Adolph Hitler gets his German citizenship.  The Law Lords in London–in respect of a mouse in a ginger beer–launch the new tort of negligence.  The Lindberg baby is kidnapped, and Johnny Wiessmuller lip-sincs a holler in “Tarzan the Ape Man.” Meanwhile, an […]

I Hear the Voice of Bluesman Prime

March 14, 2011


Bluesman Prime, the man who invented the blues, was born and grew and took his stand in the American South in the decades following the Civil War.  He might have been born into slavery, or in the giddy times just out of it. Regardless, he grew up in an era when American slavery was adapting […]

Fugitive Slave Act (1850)

February 12, 2011


Fugitive Slave Act (1850) By this notorious Act of the United States Congress, the slave states which lobbied for it ensured that slaves who escaped to the north, where slavery was prohibited, did not thereby escape slavery.  BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress […]

1.4 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed 4 – Deciphering the parable

January 31, 2011


Dr. Morton and the Parable of the Mustard Seeds The parable of Samuel George Morton—as suggested in the story told in the previous three parts of this essay—shows how theory can shape data. There is no evidence that Dr. Morton consciously fudged the truth.  In the opinion of Stephen J. Gould, Morton published his raw […]