• Institutional Histories of Canadian Slavery

    by Melissa N. Shaw

    McGill University’s institutional history dramatically changes when it accounts for the fact that its founder, James McGill, was an enslaver and trader of enslaved Black and Indigenous people.

  • How True is the History in "The Woman King"?

    "'The Woman King' chooses to make resistance to slavery its moral compass, then misrepresents a kingdom that trafficked tens of thousands as a vanguard in the struggle against it."

  • "The Woman King" Softens Truths of the Slave Trade

    by Ana Lucia Araujo

    The film has a delicate task: showing the involvement of the Kingdom of Dahomey in selling other Africans to European slave traders without feeding narratives that blame Africans for the slave trade. It largely sidesteps this history instead. 

  • Dutch Government Announces Study of Slavery Apology Fund

    While other European nations have made payments in atonement for massacres in their overseas colonial possessions, this initiative would be the first effort at reparations for participation in the transatlantic slave trade itself. 

  • Descendants of Enslaved Ask What Harvard Owes Them

    A student research project led to Roberta Wolff-Platt becoming the first identified descendant of persons enslaved by the benefactors of Harvard College. Now Harvard considers how to begin the process of atonement. 

  • Cherokee Nation Opens Exhibition on Slavery

    Until recently, the Cherokee National History Museum in Oklahoma did not acknowledge slave ownership by tribal members or the efforts of the descendants of the enslaved to claim tribal membership. 

  • New Virginia Governor's Mansion Tour Doesn't Mention Slavery

    "In a shift from a multi-year effort to tell a more complete history of the mansion, visitors won’t be taken to a building next to the mansion where enslaved workers once slept and toiled. And in two tours on Friday, docents made no mention of slavery at all."

  • New Approach at Montpelier: Let All Voices Rise

    After a controversial battle over how to incorporate the descendants of people enslaved by James Madison, Montpelier is beginning to highlight artifacts—and the process of discovering them—related to the lives of enslaved people at the estate. 

  • The Geographical Correlation Between Slavery Then and Guns Now

    by Matthew Rozsa

    A new study finds a strong county-level correlation between the number of slaves owned before the Civil War and the number of guns owned today. Is the answer in the violent history of white supremacy in the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras? 

  • The Missing Black Women in Denmark Vesey's Rebellion

    by Karen Cook Bell

    Though no enslaved women were indicted as co-conspirators in Charleston, they maintained a culture of silence that enabled future subversive and freedom-seeking actions. 

  • Reproductive Rights, Slavery, and the Post-Dobbs World

    by Jennifer L. Morgan

    Black women's history with reproductive freedom from slavery to today shows that racial and gendered oppression depend on the denial, embraced by Clarence Thomas, of a constitutional protection for bodily autonomy.