Mohammed Girma, University of Pretoria The recent announcement that a British museum will return two stolen locks of hair from a 19th century Ethiopian king was hailed as an “exemplary … Continue Reading Why it’s Significant That the UK Has Returned the Locks of Hair of an Ethiopian King
Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University For most Americans, black history begins in 1619, when a Dutch ship brought some “20 and odd Negroes” as slaves to the English colony of Jamestown, … Continue Reading What Catholic Church Records Tell Us About America’s Earliest Black History
Born into slavery in South Carolina in 1764 or 1765, Samuel Ball escaped life on the plantation by joining the British forces during the American Revolution. In November of 1775, … Continue Reading The Characters of Oak Island: Samuel Ball – Respected Cabbage Farmer or Something More?
J.M. Opal, McGill University When Americans study their 19th-century history, they tend to look at its great conflicts, especially the epic clash over slavery. They are less likely to recall … Continue Reading The Myth of the American Frontier Still Shapes U.S. Racial Divides
The history of human experimentation is as old as the practice of medicine and in the modern era has always targeted disadvantaged, marginalised, institutionalised, stigmatised and vulnerable populations: prisoners, the … Continue Reading How Black Slaves Were Routinely Sold as ‘Specimens’ to Ambitious White Doctors
Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after … Continue Reading Meet Haiti’s Founding Father, Whose Black Revolution Was Too Radical For Thomas Jefferson