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We value grassroots movement education, so we want to share more in-depth updates on our campaigns and projects. Read the latest from our CR New York City, CR Oakland, CR Portland, and CR Los Angeles chapters.

Lessons of Abolitionism for the Green New Deal

James Brewer Stewart History News Network
How can one claim that the Green New Dealers actually have history on their side, given the power of the forces arrayed against them? Consider the history of abolitionists, who demanded the immediate and total abolition of slavery.

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The War Before the War

David Holahan The Christian Science Monitor
The role of the enslaved in the political crisis that led to the Civil War is not as well known as it should be, but this volume adds to our knowledge on this topic.

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The Capital's Great National Circus

Eric Foner London Review of Books
Think today's lack of congressional comity is bizarre? It's nothing (or not yet something) compared to the physical violence prevalent on the floor of the House and Senate in the period leading up to the Civil War.

The Far Right's Toxic Forbears: Super-Wealthy Secessionist Slaveholders

James Brewer Stewart History News Network
We’ve identified people in our history who look and behave strikingly like the Koch brothers and their associates—specifically a small group that is mega-wealthy, super- privileged, highly self aware, morally self-confident, ideologically driven and deeply engaged in long-term efforts to seize the levers of government and upend American democracy. By this historian’s reckoning, it is, in general, the Old South’s slave owning aristocracy.

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Frederick Douglass's `Amazing Job' Started With His First Book

Ron Charles Washington Post
Forget that Donald Trump said something commendable about Frederick Douglass--perhaps a first for Trump--the autobiography of Douglass is a classic, and reading it again is a fit way to commemorate Black History Month. Washington Post book editor Ron Charles gives ample reason why.

What You Still Don’t Know About Abolitionists

Manisha Sinha Time
The abolition movement was an interracial radical social movement of disfranchised people, men and women, white and black, free and enslaved. Slave resistance lay at its heart. On this Juneteenth, it is important to recall that African Americans were not passive recipients of the gift of freedom but architects of their own liberation.
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