• The United States Owes Haiti a Debt it Can't Repay

    by Annette Gordon-Reed

    The Haitian Revolution set in motion events that transformed France, North America, and the Caribbean, but conflicts were invariably resolved at the expense of independent Haiti. 

  • Her Family Owned Slaves. How Can She Make Amends?

    "For almost three years now, with the fervor of the newly converted, Ms. Marshall has been on a quest that from the outside may seem quixotic and even naïve. She is diving into her family’s past and trying to chip away at racism in the Deep South, where every white family with roots here benefited from slavery and almost every Black family had enslaved ancestors."

  • Looking for Nat Turner

    Christopher Tomlins' new book takes seriously the apocalyptic Christianity of Nat Turner, viewing it not as a metaphor for liberation but a key part of how Turner understood freedom. 

  • The Statue of Chief Justice Taney Never Belonged in the Capitol

    by Corey M. Brooks

    “If a man,” famed Massachusetts radical Charles Sumner asserted, “has done evil during his life he must not be complimented in marble.” Instead Sumner demanded “the name of Taney … be hooted down the page of history.”

  • The Importance of Teaching Dred Scott

    A social media discussion among constitutional law professors has proposed minimizing the discussion of the racist language of the notorious Dred Scott decision. Does this do violence to historical understanding of the longstanding accommodation of the constitution to racism? 

  • Johns Hopkins Enslaved People. Or Did He?

    As a university-sponsored report comes under fire, historians debate the evidence for the claim that Johns Hopkins owned slaves, and some question whether one university's relationship to slavery is an important research question at all. 

  • Just Who Was Rebelling in Nat Turner's Rebellion?

    University of Kentucky Historian Vanessa Holden will discuss her new community-oriented history of the rebellion of the enslaved in Southampton, Virginia in an online forum on Thursday, arguing that women and children were essential in planning and executing the rebellion associated with Nat Turner.

  • Retaining Its Name

    Despite a protest movement by students and other stakeholders, Washington and Lee University's institutional changes in response to its legacy of slavery and ties to the Confederacy will not include rejecting Robert E. Lee's name.