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  • The Racist History of Tipping

    by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

    Lawmakers will vote on the Raise the Wage Act, which would boost the minimum wage across the country to $15 an hour by 2024. This would be a crucial step toward the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade.



  • Immigration and the New Fugitive Slave Laws

    by Manisha Sinha

    The abolitionists’ protests against the fugitive slave laws, which deprived large groups of people of their liberty and criminalized those who offered assistance to them, should be an inspiration in our dismal times.



  • Black People’s Land Was Stolen

    by Andrew W. Kahrl

    In addition to invoking the 40 acres black people never got, the reparations movement today should be talking about the approximately 11 million acres black people had but lost, in many cases through fraud, deception and outright theft, much of it taken in the past 50 years.



  • GU272 Memory Project Launches on Juneteenth

    In addition to documents, photographs and the indexed genealogies of thousands of descendants, the project includes recorded interviews with dozens of living descendants.


  • The Origins of the Lost Cause Myth

    by M. Andrew Holowchak

    States’ rights and slavery, while theoretically distinct, were in praxis intertwined. Here's what a Jeffersonian analysis of Jubal Early’s lost-cause apologia can teach us.



  • History is Often Closer Than We Think

    by Wayne Willis

    “Isn’t it interesting that you are talking to a man, who talked to a man who was exactly your age, only 110 years ago?"