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End of the Line

After Katrina, the second line became a symbol of New Orleans’ resilience. But the survival of the parades—and the neighborhoods the revelers called home—is far from assured.

Aug. 24 2015 11:24 AMPicking Cotton Under the Pushing SystemBy the 19th century, systematic violence had become an economic necessity on America’s cotton frontier.
Aug. 24 2015 10:12 AMWhen Cotton Became KingHistory of American Slavery, Episode 6: The rise of the 19th-century cotton economy brings about a powerful and frightening turn for the worse.
Aug. 6 2015 3:26 PMAre We in the Midst of a New Civil Rights Era?How the year since Ferguson does—and doesn’t—resemble the midcentury movement.
Aug. 6 2015 9:25 AMA “Fus’ Rate Bargain”Accounts of slave appraisals in mid–19th-century Georgia demonstrate how enslaved people sought to keep their families intact as they navigated the auction block.
July 28 2015 11:10 AMFor More Than 100 Years, Historians Doubted the Autobiographies of SlavesHenry Louis Gates joins the Academy to discuss slave narratives—what they’ve taught us and why scholars used to ignore them.
July 24 2015 12:31 PMWho Should Tell the Story of Slavery?Read a transcript of Henry Louis Gates’ appearance on the History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy.
July 9 2015 12:20 PMThe Family Life of Enslaved PeopleHistory of American Slavery, Episode 4: What happened when Thomas Jefferson and other slaveholders tore apart the families they owned.
July 2 2015 10:00 AMThe Best Fourth of July Speech in American HistoryIt was delivered on the fifth of July.
June 25 2015 2:12 PMThe Confederate Flag Doesn’t Belong in a MuseumFinding the proper home for this symbol of oppression isn’t as simple as politicians keep saying it is.
June 24 2015 11:30 AMWhat Was “Gradual Emancipation”?Even in the Northern states, slavery’s abolition arrived slowly after America’s Revolution.
June 19 2015 12:28 PMWhy White Terrorists Attack Black ChurchesSanctuaries like Charleston’s AME Church aren’t just places of worship—they’re political institutions that threaten white power.
June 18 2015 5:48 PMSlavery During America’s RevolutionRead a transcript of the History of American Slavery, Episode 3.
June 18 2015 10:39 AMA Living LandmarkCharleston’s Emanuel AME Church isn’t just a church. It is a historic symbol of black resistance to slavery and racism.
June 16 2015 10:00 AM“Born Free and Equal”The cases of Quok Walker and Elizabeth Freeman set a benchmark for freedom in the revolutionary North.
June 9 2015 3:45 AMSeparated at BirthHow a few days in 1947 turned India and Pakistan into sworn enemies.
Aug. 24 2015 10:50 AM“Good Breeders”During the antebellum period, enslaved women wielded their reproductive capital and fought off white encroachment on their sexual health.
Aug. 20 2015 12:05 PMWhat Happened Here?I’m a historian who knows almost nothing about the history of my town. I’m setting out to remedy that.
Aug. 6 2015 9:45 AMThe Bittersweet Victory at Saint-DomingueThe 1791 Haitian Revolution secured black independence in the former French colony and sounded the death knell for the European slave trade. It also ensured the expansion of U.S. slavery.
Aug. 6 2015 9:23 AMWhat Happened When Slaves RebelledHistory of American Slavery, Episode 5: How the frontier was really settled, and the volatile conditions that ripened it for rebellion.
July 26 2015 7:07 PMDouble GenocideLithuania wants to erase its ugly history of Nazi collaboration—by accusing Jewish partisans who fought the Germans of war crimes.
July 9 2015 1:00 PMThe Unsung HemingsesHistorians have long objectified Sally Hemings, but the Hemings family’s experiences at Monticello offer a unique glimpse into the lives of “privileged” slaves.
July 2 2015 6:03 PMThe Landscape of Civil War CommemorationHow, when, and where the North and South memorialize the conflict.
July 1 2015 5:57 AM“Richmond Reoccupied by Men Who Wore the Gray” In 1890, the former Confederate capital erected a monument to Robert E. Lee—and reasserted white supremacy.
June 25 2015 1:35 PMThe Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.
June 19 2015 2:07 PMThe First Attack on Charleston’s AME ChurchIn 1822, white residents burned the predecessor to today’s church, fearing an insurrection by the city’s black majority.
June 19 2015 12:27 PMCenturies of ViolenceFor black Americans, it is impossible to separate the massacre in Charleston from hundreds of years of vicious attacks on our churches and communities.
June 18 2015 2:22 PMThe Deadly History of “They’re Raping Our Women”Racists have long used rape to defend their worst racist violence.
June 17 2015 3:25 AMThe Hypocrisy of America’s RevolutionHistory of American Slavery, Episode 3: Slavery during the Revolutionary War and Elizabeth Freeman’s groundbreaking “freedom suit.” 
June 12 2015 12:07 PMThe Surprising Demographics of American SlaveryNew research and new resources are changing our view of how slavery worked in early America.
June 2 2015 4:51 PMInside the Slave ShipHistory of American Slavery, Ep 2: The Atlantic slave trade during its heyday and the remarkable life of Olaudah Equiano.

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