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W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction Is Essential Reading

Jeff Goodwin Jacobin
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America is one of the greatest modern studies of revolution and counterrevolution. It’s also an extraordinary example of a materialist and class analysis of race under capitalism.

Modern Slavery and War Are Tightly Connected

Monti Datta, Angharad Smith and Kevin Bales The Conversation
Human beings are still bought, owned and sold in the 21st century. Many of the reasons trace back to causes like poverty, corruption and inequality. But they also stem from something less discussed: war.

Russia-Ukraine: Five Lessons From the 19th-Century Crimean War

Ted Widmer The Guardian
Vladimir Putin likes to talk about the second world war, Russia’s best war, but the closest parallel is probably the Crimean war, which dragged on for two and a half years, from 1853 to 1856, before the exhausted belligerents worked out a peace agreement.

White-Out at the White House

Jason Stanley Forum Magazine
Biden seeks counsel from a group of scholars who aren’t deeply versed in the racial threat to our democracy

Friday Nite Videos | July 29, 2022

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Debunking the Myth of the Lost Cause: A Lie Embedded in American History. Choice (Texas Style). “I Call Bullshit!” Jon Stewart on the PACT Act. Manchin, Schumer Reveal Washington's Best Kept Secret. Why US Gun Laws Get Looser After Mass Shootings.

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“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”

Frederick Douglass The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume II
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass gave this speech in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. Some now give this speech the title, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

Reparations Get Real

Ramenda Cyrus The American Prospect
In California, the preliminary report of a governmental task force suggests how the toll of slavery and white supremacy can be assessed—and compensated for.
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