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  • 14 Dec 2022
    Elijah Gaddis

    Objects, Memory, and Place: The Background of Gruesome Looking Objects

    Historians are people of the paper, always hoping for the revelation of some remarkable event sitting unremarked upon in an archival page. We are equally sure that such revelations are rare, and usually the products of many dozens of hours of toil. With Gruesome Looking Objects, I discovered the thread of the story in about […]

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  • 12 Aug 2022
    Sarah F. Derbew

    A Revamped Archaeology of Blackness

    The discipline of Classics stands at a curious crossroads. While some of its advocates resist conflating the ancient Greco-Roman world with the twenty-first century, others weaponize Greco-Roman antiquity for modern gain. The latter stance becomes especially contentious when discussions of skin color enter the fray. Intent on correcting myopic perspectives, I foreground dynamic iterations of […]

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  • 15 Jul 2022
    Miguel A. Valerio

    Studying Genealogies of Black Sovereignty and Joy

    Scholars have long argued that slavery deprived men and women of African descent of sovereignty and that the violence it visited daily on their bodies and psyche closed all possibilities of joy. Indeed, in the summer of 2020, it was hard to think about Black sovereignty and joy as I wrapped up the book. But […]

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  • 4 Nov 2021
    Crystal Nicole Eddins

    New Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution

    How and why did the Haitian Revolution happen? How did enslaved people from varying backgrounds come together to orchestrate the most radical political event of the modern era – the only revolt of enslaved people to abolish slavery, overturn colonialism, and create the first free and independent Black nation in the Americas? These and other […]

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  • 17 Jun 2021
    Elena K. Abbott

    Freedom Beyond the Border

    In 1829, Ohio’s state legislators made an announcement that reverberated through African American communities across the nation. Responding to white discomfort over the state’s growing free Black population, they announced that Ohio’s longstanding Black Laws would be enforced, effective the following year. Largely ignored and unused since they first went on the books in 1804 […]

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  • 21 Oct 2020

    Race and the 2020 Elections

    As we enter the final weeks before the U.S. elections, the stakes could not be higher. Against the backdrop of a surging pandemic, the country continues to experience record unemployment, small-business closures, and other forms of economic insecurity. Environmental calamities grow increasingly common and intense. State violence against Black bodies continues unabated, and human rights […]

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  • 17 Jun 2020
    Ariela J. Gross

    Why Monuments Matter

    Monuments have been coming down all over the world, from Louisville, Kentucky to Bristol, England. Protestors tore President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis from his pedestal in Richmond, Virginia, while Edward Colston, a seventeenth-century slave trader, lies at the bottom of Bristol Harbor. A Virginia court just blocked the removal of Confederate General Robert E. […]

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  • 8 Jan 2020
    Anne C. Bailey

    The 1619 Project and Bringing History to the People

    Weeping Time Author Anne C. Bailey weighs in on the debate over The 1619 Project.

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