Jen Manion: When White Liberals (and Black Elites) Make Things WorseOctober 2015
A historical perspective on language and the criminalization of African Americans.
A Safe DistanceJune 2015
The writer on myth-making as a means to confront the realities of modern-day slavery.
Walking With the WindMarch 2014
The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
Greg Grandin: The Bleached Bones of the DeadFebruary 2014
What the modern world owes slavery (it’s more than back wages).
Tomas Hachard: Against ClosureOctober 2013
How Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave accomplishes what other films have not.
Telling a WhopperOctober 2013
The writer-musician rewrites the Battle Hymn in his new novel, The Good Lord Bird.
Lucy McKeon: Django and JeffersonFebruary 2013
Two figures challenge simple ways of thinking about slavery and agency.
On the Emancipation of WomenJanuary 2010
Just as the 1800s were ripe for the abolition of slavery, this century will bring forces to bear on freeing women from violence, slavery, and oppression.