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Slavery Abolition

Slavery Abolition

Am I an American?

I live in envy. I envy the people who know their nationality. All the people whose nationality has never been a question in their mind. I can imagine the woman staring at her reflection in the Volta River who knows she’s Ghanaian like her ancestors who libera…
bubmag
July 16, 2019
Slavery Abolition

The Politics of Abolishing Slavery

To the Editor: Stonewall and the Myth of Self-Deliverance, by Kwame Anthony Appiah (Sunday Review, June 23), quotes from my book The Slaves Cause: A History of Abolition to challenge simple narratives of self-liberation. While the quotation from the book, id…
bubmag
July 4, 2019
Slavery Abolition

Go Read the Declaration of Independence

There are July 4 traditions that are welcome and seemingly indestructible: barbecues and fireworks, most notably. There are some that are fortunately defunct: hours-long orations by stuffed-shirt politicians. There are some innovations that one hopes do not b…
bubmag
July 4, 2019