The Germantown Petition Against Slavery: Crash Course Black American History #5

In 1688, in Pennsylvania, a group of four men created the Germantown Petition, which made the case that slavery was immoral, and that it was inconsistent with Christian beliefs in general, and Quaker beliefs specifically. While the petition wasn’t ultimately adopted by the Quaker hierarchy, examining the document and its authors’ goals gives us aContinue reading “The Germantown Petition Against Slavery: Crash Course Black American History #5”

Slave Codes: Crash Course Black American History #4

Slave codes were a method of protecting the investment of white enslavers in the Colonies by restricting the lives of enslaved people in almost every imaginable way. The codes restricted enslaved people’s ability to move around, or engage in commerce that could make them financially independent – they restricted the very opportunities that would allowContinue reading “Slave Codes: Crash Course Black American History #4”

Elizabeth Key: Crash Course Black American History #3

The legal system can seem like a complicated tangle of arcane rules and loopholes, and it can sometimes seem like it is designed to confuse. But it is possible, with the right application, for the legal system to rectify injustices. Today we’re going to tell you about one instance of this, the story of ElizabethContinue reading “Elizabeth Key: Crash Course Black American History #3”

Slavery in the American Colonies: Crash Course Black American History #2

In the 17th century, as the British colonies in the Americas were getting established in places like Jamestown, VA, the system of chattel slavery was also developing. Today, we’ll learn about the role that slavery played in early American economy and how slavery became a legally accepted practice in the first place, and how itContinue reading “Slavery in the American Colonies: Crash Course Black American History #2”

The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course Black American History #1

Today we’re learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which brought millions of captive Africans to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries, with the largest number of people trafficked between 1700 and 1808. We’ll look at the ships and crews that brought enslaved people across the ocean via what was known as the MiddleContinue reading “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course Black American History #1”

Montana’s top prosecutor bans critical race theory programs

Montana’s top prosecutor issued an opinion Thursday labeling critical race theory and some antiracism programs taught in schools as “discriminatory” and said they violate federal and state law. Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s decision bans the activities — which are also used for employee training — in the state. It came after Republican Superintendent ofContinue reading “Montana’s top prosecutor bans critical race theory programs”

Do the Police Actually Keep Us Safe? – VICE

On this episode of Do Your Research, we take a deep look into the reality of policing.

Why the UK’s Race Report Sparked a Backlash – VICE

Still Here: On May 25th a reckoning with systemic racism was reignited. It’s still here — and so are we. A report from the UK Government, published in the wake of George Floyd’s death, stated that institutional racism doesn’t exist in the UK’s education, housing or health systems, and that people should look to findContinue reading “Why the UK’s Race Report Sparked a Backlash – VICE”

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history

The United Daughters of the Confederacy altered the South’s memory of the Civil War. The United Daughters of the Confederacy was a significant leader of the “Lost Cause,” an intellectual movement that revised history to look more favorably on the South after the American Civil War. They were women from elite antebellum families that usedContinue reading “How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history”

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