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John Brown: A White Role Model

January 21, 2006

This year marks the bicentennial of John Brown, born in 1800, and he was executed by the state of Virginia 141 years ago, on December 2, 1859. This year a PBS documentary film continued an effort that began even before his execution to sully his reputation. Why? He was a white man who gave his […]

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Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson

January 21, 2001

Author: Professor Paul Finkelman Publisher: M.E. Sharpe Inc., 2001 In the 1830s William Lloyd Garrison, a fiery anti-slavery polemicist, infuriated citizens of Boston by publicly threatening to burn a copy of the US Constitution which he excoriated as a “covenant with death” and “an agreement with Hell.” People were shocked and even among his band […]

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