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Historians Expose Early Scientists’ Debt to the Slave Trade

Sam Kean Science Magazine
By examining scientific papers, correspondence between naturalists, and the records of slaving companies, historians are now seeing new connections between science and slavery and piecing together just how deeply intertwined they were.

A Five Hundred Year-Old Shared History

Stacy M. Brown BlackPressUSA
This is the third report in National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade.

Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing Slave Markets to Libya

Ben Norton FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
The war ended in October 2011. US and European aircraft attacked Qadhafi’s convoy, and he was brutally murdered by extremist rebels. The government soon dissolved. In the six years since, Libya has been roiled by chaos and bloodshed. Multiple would-be governments are competing for control of the oil-rich country, and in some areas there is still no functioning central authority. Many thousands of people have died, although the true numbers are impossible to verify.

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Slavery and Property: The Great Trap

Maya Jasanoff New York Review of Books
As more and more settlers arrived in the English colonies, the property they owned north and south increasingly took the human form of African slaves, encouraging the credo that freedom for some required the enslavement of others. The books under review exhaustively cover the early slavery period, where even the Puritan ideal of a city on a hill actually rested on the backs of numerous enslaved and colonized people.

Tidbits - February 13, 2014

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