A New Museum Chronicles Niagara Falls’ Pivotal Role in the Underground Railroad

Millions of visitors a year come to Niagara Falls. And many of them go to see the famous water crashing over the cliffs and not much else, observed Bill Bradberry, a native of the place and former city manager.  Many tourists, and even residents, don’t know the key role that the city of Niagara Falls …

Ida B Wells: the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement | The Guardian

Some 4,075 African Americans were lynched in 12 southern states between 1877 and 1950, according to the Equal Justice Initiative’s 2015 report, Lynching in America. Some were witnessed by big crowds who brought children and picnic baskets, as if at a public entertainment. While Ida B Wells was out of town, a mob destroyed her …

ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH Amy McQuire tears away the facade on the Commonwealth Games currently under way in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. Australia has a long history of presenting a sunny, sporty picture of itself, complete with Indigenous icons and 'celebrating' native people. There is …

‘Cruel Adversity’ mural still a source of controversy in Durham | New Hampshire

“These were difficult and cruel times, with atrocities committed by all sides.  In 1676, Maj. Richard Waldron of Dover invited the local Wabanaki tribes to a peace conference. Hundreds answered his call — he double-crossed them.  About 200 Indians were apprehended and sent to Boston: some were killed, while others were shipped to the Caribbean …

When Rape Kits Go Untested – Documentary of the Week #HBO

The HBO documentary “I Am Evidence” investigates the crisis of hundreds of thousands of rape kits that went untested across the United States. Actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay teams with directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir to focus on the crusade of Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy and others who campaigned to rescue kits from storage. …

TRIPLE EVILS | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

TRIPLE EVILS The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils. To work against the Triple Evils, you must develop …

Judge blocks eBay sale of R.I. Colonial court records

The documents — long missing — offer a raw and rich glimpse into Colonial life in Rhode Island. They reveal how women, Native Americans and African Americans were treated, as well as prevailing societal values. Judge blocks eBay sale of R.I. Colonial court records Katie Mulvaney, March 16, 2018, Providence Journal PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The pages …

Through the Repellent Fence

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2Lq4rsLCM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xAWPv_B6Y4 A review of Sam Wainwright Douglas’s 2017 film Through the Repellent Fence discusses some of the hottest artists right now, the Postcommodity collective: The Repellent Fence simultaneously denaturalizes and socializes the US-Mexico border, working against its common misrepresentation as an evacuated no man’s land.  It draws our attention, instead, to the dense …

Trump’s Language Is Similar to the 1920s Ku Klux Klan #MAGA

Maybe Trump just needs a quick historical primer on the 1920s Klan—and their vision for making America great again (or #MAGA.) In 1915, William J. Simmons, an ex-minister and self-described joiner of fraternities, created a new Ku Klux Klan dedicated to “100 percent Americanism” and white Protestantism.  He wanted to evoke the previous Reconstruction Klan …

Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade (book) – AAIHS

  Slavery and the Atlantic slave trade are among the most heinous crimes against humanity committed in the modern era. Yet, to this day no former slave society in the Americas has paid reparations to former slaves or their descendants. European countries have never compensated their former colonies in the Americas, whose wealth relied on …

The Overpass | Robert Moses | Failed Architecture

  Dozens of students hurt when bus roof sheared off in overpass crash The impact of the bus hitting the overpass was so forceful, state police and others who saw the damage say they doubt the driver knew what was coming. "I don't think he had any awareness because if you look at the damage, …

60 Minutes: Oprah Winfrey goes inside the memorial to victims of lynching

Oprah Winfrey: There are so many crimes committed against African Americans. Why focus on lynching? Bryan Stevenson: At the end of the Civil War black people are supposed to get the right to vote. And the only way people who were white could maintain their political control was to intimidate black people. And lynching was …

On Stanford’s All White Male History Conference – AAIHS

Women, black people, and Native Americans saw their conditions worsen, their liberties restricted, and rights of citizenship denied after the Revolution. The broadening of the study of the American Revolution beyond the merchant class and wealthy elites, for example, yields a more inclusive history. Resulting debates about how radical the revolution was has also led …