These past few weeks in the twittersphere, O Say Can You See, a project that makes accessible the freedom suits brought by enslaved families in the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court online, will provide full case files for 151 freedom suits brought by the Butler family, some of the earliest freedom suits in American history. Learn more here.
Published by The Washington Post, Bennett Minton’s article, “The Lies Our Textbooks Told My Generation of Virginians about Slavery,” explores the politics behind why a series of textbooks taught an entire generation the Lost Cause narrative. Read more here.
Sean Wilentz explains what Tom Cotton gets so wrong about slavery and the Constitution in his article published by The New York Review of Books. Find it here.
Published by Black Perspectives, Celeste Winston’s article, “The Everyday Black Life of Abolition,” places the work of police abolition within a longer history of Black community and abolition beyond policing. Read more here.
James Carter explores how Matteo Ricci, a Christian missionary known in China for his efforts in promoting mutual understanding, is connected to the systems of institutional and cultural racism that has endured in China throughout the centuries. Find out more here.
A powerful new memorial to the University of Virginia’s enslaved workers reclaims lost lives and forgotten narratives. Learn more here.