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Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments

Sep. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

"The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution" (W.W. Norton and Co.), by Eric Foner It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution right. The first time was at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The second time was during Reconstruction, the 12-year period after...

Church built out of revival, the faith of former slaves

Sep. 15, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — He preached in living rooms, in the woods and in a cotton gin. When he returned from the Azusa Street Revival speaking in unknown tongues, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason was followed by just 10 churches out of more than 100 in the split over the theological disagreement. Today, the...

Indiana school cancels slave ship lesson after public outcry

Sep. 14, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana middle school's planned "Slave Ship" history exercise has been canceled following an outcry by parents upset that the lesson called for students to portray bound, enslaved Africans aboard a vessel returning to the Americas. The proposed role-playing exercise at Western...

Plantations honestly addressing slavery see visitor pushback

Sep. 14, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Monticello tour guide was explaining earlier this summer how enslaved people built, planted and tended a terrace of vegetables at Thomas Jefferson's estate when a woman interrupted to share her annoyance. "Why are you talking about that?" she demanded, according to Gary...

Ministry had growing empire before forced-labor charges

Sep. 11, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California ministry whose leaders are charged with using deadbolt locks to detain homeless residents and making them turn over panhandling money was no fly-by-night operation. Imperial Valley Ministries was known in the remote desert region for decades of work helping drug...

'Harriet,' the first film about Tubman, premieres in Toronto

Sep. 11, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hard as it may be to believe, "Harriet" is the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Kasi Lemmons' movie about the Underground Railroad leader premiered Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival where festival director Cameron Bailey, introducing the film, noted the...

Hidden history of colonial African American burials

Sep. 10, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The graves of hundreds of African Americans and Native Americans lie in downtown Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground, but without headstones they remain invisible. Excluded from official records or referred to only by race, their stories remain as hidden as their graves. Four centuries...

Congress marks 400th anniversary of slaves arriving in US

Sep. 10, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress observed the 400th anniversary Tuesday of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America at a time of renewed interest over the history of slavery and its continued impact on contemporary society. "We must tell the unvarnished truth," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said...

Despite pushback, SC sites expand interpretation of slavery

Sep. 7, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In recent years, Charleston-area historic sites have dramatically increased their interpretation of slavery and its vital role in the area's early history. And some visitors have pushed back, uneasy with hearing a story many feel reflects poorly on their ancestors. The feedback can...

Author to speak on history of slavery in Tennessee

Sep. 3, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives is offering a free workshop on the history of slavery in Tennessee. Author Bill Carey will speak Sept. 14 about the research he conducted for his latest book, going over newspapers printed in Tennessee in 1791 until 1864. The book examines...