Judith Jackson-Fossett

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Slavery and the Making of America . The Slave Experience: Men, Women & Gender | PBS

For black men and women, slavery was an equally devastating experience. Both were torn from homeland and family. Both were forced to perform grueling …

Why we must not forget Robert Frost when we read modern poetry. He made the everyday extraordinary

Shorn of the flourish of rhetoric, treading close to prose, Frost’s poetry is a true hallmark of the undramatic modern.<p>The modern age beginning with …

A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the Public Domain

For the first time in two decades, a huge number of books, films, and other works will escape U.S. copyright law.<p><i>The Great American Novel</i> enters the public domain on January 1, 2019—quite literally. Not the concept, but the book by William Carlos Williams. It will be joined by hundreds of thousands …

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Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

During the middle of the 1800s, cotton became the world’s largest commodity. The cheapest and best cotton came from the southern United States.<p><b>Edward Baptist</b> argues in his new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” that the forced migration and …

Black History

Recipe: Gluten-Free Gingerbread Granola

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Granola<p>Serves 10<p>3 cups gluten-free oats <br>1 cup raw almonds <br>1 cup raw walnuts <br>1 cup raw pecans <br>1/4 cup coconut sugar <br>1 teaspoon …

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Slavery in the Pulpit of the Evangelical Alliance | The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

Frederick Douglass<p><b>Citation Information:</b> Frederick Douglass, “Slavery in the Pulpit of the Evangelical Alliance: An Address Delivered in London, …

Society’s Stylish Secret: Designer Ann Lowe Was a Fashion Force Few Knew (Until Now)

In 2003, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston held a special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jacqueline Bouvier and John …

Flashback: United Nations Determines African-Americans are Owed Reparations

In 2016, the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent did a report that determined the United States of America owes …

United Nations

How Watermelons Became Black: Emancipation and the Origins of a Racist Trope

How Watermelons Became Black: Emancipation and the Origins of a Racist Trope<p>Abstract<p>Abstract:<p>This article explicates the origins of the racist …

Americans already paid a price for slavery — in the form of 620,000 Civil War deaths

<b>To the editor:</b> Rabbi Sharon Brous' March 7 op-ed article, "Why Jews should support reparations for slavery," is pertinent as we Jews approach Passover. Nevertheless, I believe she ignores critical aspects of American history.<p>She does not mention the Civil War or President Lincoln's second inaugural …

Habsburg Iberia Points West

The Aviz dynasty, which ruled Portugal from 1385 until 1580, included a number of remarkable and wise monarchs. Unfortunately, King Sebastian …

Carrot Cake

Yields: 16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)<p>Nutrition<p>calories 322<p>caloriesfromfat 29%<p>fat 10.4g<p>satfat 4.2g<p>monofat 3.2g<p>polyfat 1.5g<p>protein …

The Best and Worst Olive Oil from the Grocery Store

Olive oil is as essential to the kitchen as a saucepan or stove. Yet, while it’s always in front of us, we don’t always pay attention to what it can …

The Book That Preserved What African Americans Who Knew Abraham Lincoln Thought of Him

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Robert Smalls: How an Enslaved Man Took Over a Confederate Ship and Led Dozens to Freedom

• His mother had him sent to the fields to work and see enslaved Africans at the whipping post so Smalls, who was the favored enslaved child, would …

Legal History's Debt to Frederick Douglass

Marking his 200th birthday this week, I want to acknowledge the debt legal historians owe to Frederick Douglass. When Chief Justice Roger Taney …

‘May We Forever Stand,’ by Imani Perry

Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>“May We Forever Stand,” by Imani Perry, is far more than a simple examination of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the song …

Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue - American Revolutionary War Forums

During the American Revolution the French provided significant support that included supplies and troops. The Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue …

J. Edgar Hoover’s war on black artists

For five decades, the U.S. government systematically spied on black artists. Ironically, in some cases they inadvertently helped amplify their voices.<p>…

Reconstruction-Era Politics Shaped Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Alcorn State University, Oakland Chapel, Alcorn State University Campus, Alcorn, Claiborne County, MS. Image by Jack E. Boucher via Library of …

Andrew Johnson: The unfortunate president

<i>A question on this Presidents' Day weekend: Which of our former Chief Executives was the worst ever? Presidential historians have been making a list</i> …

How the Irish helped Abraham Lincoln save the Union

Lincoln had a special relationship with the Irish, including the immigrants who fought in the Civil War<p><i>Excerpted with permission from "Lincoln and the Irish" by Niall O’Dowd. Copyright 2018 Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.</i><p>“Write what should …

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8 Best Presidential Biographies to Read in 2018 - Signature Reads

The Life<p>From prize-winning biographer John A. Farrell comes this riveting portrait of Richard Nixon, a man who led America in a time of turmoil and left us a darker age. Nixon divided America through his decisions as the leader of this country: from the bombing of Cambodia and Laos, to the McCarthy …

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday

×<p>William P. Gottlieb<p>Billie Holiday and Mister at Downbeat in New York City, ca. Feb. 1947. Courtesy Library of Congress.<p>“Strange Fruit” may have been …

This Hack Will Change the Way You Shred Chicken

In theory, shredding meat should be easy. You just have to grab some forks, get your hands a little dirty, and it’ll be done…eventually. But it’s …

Cooking

How to make egg bread dough for pull-apart challah (or Parker House rolls)

Chefs, I once presumed, stood mid-kitchen, gazed at the ceiling and pronounced: rich, egg-bolstered bread! Then produced a perfect loaf.<p>Perhaps some are struck by such inspiration. None forgo perseveration. Perfecting a recipe takes trial and error. Over and over. And over and over and …

10 Delicious Ways to Turn Bone Broth into Dinner

I was first introduced to the wonders of bone broth when I experimented with a round of Whole30 last winter. After sipping on a warm mug of this …

Cooking

Celebrate the Coming of Spring with These Legendary Recipes

Start with our delicious slow-cooker suppers, finish with our famous Southern cakes and pies.<p>We’re celebrating this month of overflowing love with …

Top Chef Jr. Winner's Red-Wine-Braised Short Ribs

This hearty recipe led Owen Pereira to victory.<p>Owen Pereira isn't like most 14-year-olds. The Maryland native is the first-ever champ of Universal …

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Short Ribs with Asian-Rhubarb Sauce

Try serving this Asian-inspired dish with sticky rice and roasted green onions.<p>Directions<p><b>Prepare Short-Rib Marinade:</b> Trim excess fat from short ribs. …

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