• Review: Was the Constitution a Pro-Slavery Document?

    by Gordon S. Wood

    Gordon Wood says James Oakes's new book examines the dialectical relationship between 19th century interpretations of the Constitution as a pro-slavery and anti-slavery document and argues that that debate steered Lincoln toward a commitment to racial equality as inextricable from abolition.

  • Two Women Tackle Their Shared History

    by Ann Banks

    Ann Banks is interviewed along with Karen Orozco Guttierez about the two women's shared roots in antebellum Alabama. 

  • 2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner

    Notre Dame professor Sophie White's "Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor and Longing in French Louisiana" is the winner of the 22nd annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the best book on the history of slavery, resistance and abolition. 

  • Stolen into Slavery (Excerpt)

    by Richard Bell

    An excerpt from Richard Bell's award-winning book "Stolen" which tells the story of five free Black boys sold into slavery. 

  • Reckoning With Slavery: What A Revolt’s Archives Tell Us About Who Owns The Past

    by Marjoleine Kars

    Researching the history of the 1763-1764 Berbice slave rebellion demonstrated that key records for understanding slavery in the Americas are held in archives in Europe and written in the language of colonial powers, making the history of enslaved people difficult to access for their present-day descendants.