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Escape to the Silent Cities: My Famous File: Dred Scott & Harriet Scott

Escape to the Silent Cities: My Famous File: Dred Scott & Harriet Scott | Community Village World History | Scoop.it

"Dred Scott tried to win his freedom at a time when white Americans were struggling to determine the political status of slavery, as well as their attitudes toward black people, slave or free.  [] The United States Supreme Court's pro-slavery decision did not surprise the nation. In fact, it outraged much of the population when it was confirmed. When Emerson's attorneys questioned the constitutionality of the 1820 Missouri Compromise, they placed Dred Scott's case directly in the center of sectional political maelstrom. Extending slavery into the territories was a contentious issue with, as the national media reported, often-violent reactions. The hostility and bloodshed of the Missouri-Kansas border troubles only emphasized the sectional chasm between northern and southern states over the slavery issue.

 

The United States Supreme Court was under increasing pressure to offer a judicial resolution to the slavery issue. In denying Dred Scott his freedom, the Court made one of its most controversial decisions ever. Waves of indignation swept the North. Editorial comments from northern newspapers immediately denounced the decision as wicked, detestable, and cowardly. Individual clergymen sermonized on the evils of a decision that dismissed an entire race as inferior. The furor did not begin or end, though, with the decision's racism. Northerners who were not abolitionists, or even necessarily anti-slavery, protested the pro-Southern bias of the decision. It allowed, virtually unchecked, the spread of slavery into territories and states, threatening the economic aspirations of free white laborers.

 

Taney intended the Court's decision to end the slavery controversy for all time. Instead, the intense and immediate public reaction accelerated a chain of events that made fighting a civil war unavoidable."

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Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices [VIDEO]

Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices [VIDEO] | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


"The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire." West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be "witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time."


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Sally Hemings’s room

Sally Hemings’s room | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Sally Hemings's room (1809- ), pictured above, has been "discovered" at Monticello, the house of Thomas Jefferson. She was a slave who likely gave birth to six of his children. The room was built adjacent to Jefferson's bedroom in 1809, the same year Jefferson returned to Monticello after serving as the third US president. In…
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Stamped from the Beginning: Ibram X. Kendi on the History of Racist Ideas in U.S.

Stamped from the Beginning: Ibram X. Kendi on the History of Racist Ideas in U.S. | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
With police killings dominating the headlines, our first guest, historian Ibram X. Kendi, discusses his recent book, "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which traces the origins of racist ideas in the U.S. The author examines the impact of historically racist policies on existing racial disparities. His book is the recipient of the 2016 National Book Award.
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Ancient Egypt according to Chancellor Williams

Ancient Egypt according to Chancellor Williams | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Note: The following is based on my understanding of chapters two and three of "The Destruction of Black Civilization" (1987) by historian Chancellor Williams. I want a summary that I can look back at later. Chancellor Williams divides the Nile Valley into: Lower Egypt - the Nile Delta, north of Memphis and the great pyramids.…
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It's Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street

It's Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
The Oklahoma city's Greenwood neighborhood was one of the country's most affluent Black neighborhoods until racists decimated it and killed hundreds of residents.
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Latasha Harlins

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Latasha Harlins (1975-1991) was an unarmed 15-year-old Black girl in South Los Angeles who was shot in the back of the head over a $1.79 bottle of orange juice. She was killed by Soon Ja Du, a Korean American shopkeeper. Du thought she was shoplifting. When police arrived they found Harlins dead - with $2.00 in…
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Zheng He

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Admiral Zheng He (c. 1371-1435), also known as Cheng Ho or 郑和, was a Chinese explorer who went down the east coast of Africa at the very same time Portuguese explorers were going down the west coast. In one of the biggest surprise twists of history, the Chinese stopped, the Portuguese did not. From 1405…
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WATCH: Equal Justice Initiative Previews Racial Justice Museum, 'From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration'

WATCH: Equal Justice Initiative Previews Racial Justice Museum, 'From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration' | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
WATCH: Equal Justice Initiative Previews Racial Justice Museum, 'From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration'
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The Pentagon Papers

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"The Pentagon Papers" (1971) is a secret, 7,000-page history of the Vietnam War ordered by US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara in 1967. Although much of it was marked "secret" or "top secret", Daniel Ellsberg, who helped write it, gave a copy to the New York Times in 1971. President Nixon stopped the Times from printing…
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1949 in 12 songs

1949 in 12 songs | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Here are the songs that went to number one in 1949 on the US R&B chart. Most are blues rather than R&B. Some are jump blues, which was more uptempo and would give rise to rock and roll and actual R&B in the 1950s. John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillen: Big Jay McNeeley's Blue Jays: The…
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49 Years Ago Today, the US Slaughtered 500 Unarmed Men, Women, & Children

49 Years Ago Today, the US Slaughtered 500 Unarmed Men, Women, & Children | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
US troops raped, murdered, pillaged, and tortured the villagers in one of the most heinous massacres of civilians to date, only one person was charged.
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Tulsa race riot

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The Tulsa race riot (May 31st to June 1st 1921) in the US killed 75 to 150 people, burned down 35 city blocks, and left thousands homeless. With the help of the police, planes and the National Guard, hundreds to thousands of White men rioted in Greenwood, aka Black Wall Street, a Black neighbourhood in…
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Ghost Dance

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The Ghost Dance (1889-1891) was a dance that spread like wildfire among Native Americans in the western US in 1890. It came with Ghost Shirts and Ghost Songs. It was a last desperate attempt to end White rule. It led to a US military crackdown that was the end of all hopes. It was started by…
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East St Louis riots

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The East St Louis riots (1917) took place across the Mississippi River from St Louis. W.E.B. Du Bois called it the Massacre of East St Louis. It left eight Whites and 39 to 200 Blacks dead. Nearly half of the city's Blacks were burned out of house and home. The worst of the riots took…
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The Devastation of Black Wall Street | JSTOR Daily

The Devastation of Black Wall Street | JSTOR Daily | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1921. A wave of racial violence destroys an affluent African-American community, seen as a threat to white-dominated American capitalism.

Via Dennis Swender
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The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground

The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
One advantage of electric cars is that unlike gasoline or steam cars, they have no emissions. More than a century ago, that was why the U.S. Capitol acquired two custom-built electric cars, nicknamed "Tommy" and "Peggy." They were built by Studebaker, an early and hallowed U.S. car bran
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Malik Ambar

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Malik Ambar (1548-1626) was a slave from Ethiopia who became a military commander and kingmaker in India, fighting against the Mogul Empire. He founded Aurangabad, now a city of over a million people. Many in India who have heard of him do not know he was Black. The African Diaspora in Asia: Today there are…
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Latasha Harlins' death and why Korean-Americans were targets in the '92 riots

Latasha Harlins' death and why Korean-Americans were targets in the '92 riots | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Tensions between blacks and Koreans in L.A. were high by the 90s. But Latasha Harlins' death in 1991 assured that Koreans would be targeted when the time came.
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Gold Mountain

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Gold Mountain or Gum Shan (金山) is a Chinese name given to California after gold was discovered there. The Chinese first came to the US in large numbers as part of the California Gold Rush (1848–1855). In January 1848 gold was discovered in the mountains east of San Francisco. It turned the Spanish mission town…
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Henrietta Lacks

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Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951), mother of five, was a Black woman from the US whose cells, called HeLa cells, are used worldwide in medical research. They have helped to give us vaccines, chemotherapy, in vitro fertilization, and a far better understanding of cancer, disease, and, most of all, cells, the building blocks that every living creature…
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As US Bombs Syria, Americans Forgot Govt Used Chemical Weapons to Kill Children in Texas

As US Bombs Syria, Americans Forgot Govt Used Chemical Weapons to Kill Children in Texas | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
As Americans get up in arms over alleged gas attacks in Syria, they are forgetting the time their government used chemical weapons to kill children in Waco.
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Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War (fl. 1964-1973) was fought by the US to prevent the communist overthrow of its banana republican government in Saigon, South Vietnam. Years of war led nowhere. The US pulled out in 1973. Saigon fell in 1975. By the numbers: body count: 1.6 to 4.0 million, about half of them civilians. bombs: 7…
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1949 in 33 pictures

1949 in 33 pictures | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Using Google Images as my time machine, here is some of what I saw in 1949: Click on images to enlarge or see the film; click on links to go to posts on the given subject: Dorothy Dandridge in a glamour photo, circa 1949: Lena Horne and Duke Ellington on the cover of the October 1949…
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New York City: a brief history: 1600-2017

New York City: a brief history: 1600-2017 | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
Note: I use present-day names. Within each decade, things are not necessarily in chronological order.  1600: Population: 1,000? 1600s: The Delaware - for at least the last 1,000 years. Munsee language, Eastern Woodland culture. 1610s: Juan Rodriguez's trading post, Dutch fort. 1620s: The Dutch: "Manhattan was sold for $24". Black slaves. 1630s: 1640s: Bowling Green Massacre (the real…
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"Decade of Betrayal": How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s

"Decade of Betrayal": How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump is slated to give his first presidential address to Congress today. Democratic lawmakers have begun giving their tickets away to immigrants as a protest against Trump’s push to increase deportations and to block residents from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Well, this is not the first time people of Mexican descent have been demonized, accused of stealing jobs, and forced to leave the country. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, more than a million people residing in the United States were deported to Mexico—about 60 percent of them were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. We speak to the preeminent scholar on this often overlooked chapter of American history: Francisco Balderrama, professor of American history and Chicano studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is co-author of "Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s."
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The more oppression changes, the more it stays the same. 

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37 Years Since the Greensboro Massacre

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#TBT: Today Marks 37 Years Since the Greensboro Massacre
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