Slavery

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10:32 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Finding Flight In 'The Invention Of Wings'

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I don't remember how old I was when I discovered some of the more harrowing chapters of human history β€” the Holocaust and American slavery β€” but I do remember convincing my young self that I would have been brave had I lived in those times. I would have hidden my Jewish friend Anne Frank; I would have been a station on the Underground Railroad. I would have stood up for humanity and against injustice.

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3:53 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings'

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Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:29 pm

Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together β€” beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. One strives her whole life to be free; the other rebels against her slave-owning family and becomes a prominent abolitionist and early advocate for women's rights.

The book, The Invention of Wings, takes on both slavery and feminism β€” and it's inspired by the life of a real historical figure.

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11:37 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Coolie Woman' Rescues Indentured Women From Anonymity

"Immigrant number 96153. That's how my great-grandmother was cataloged, that was the number on her immigration pass." says Gaiutra Bahadur, author of the new book Coolie Woman.

Bahadur set out to uncover her family's roots by following a paper trail of colonial archives and ship records that traced her great-grandmother's journey from a small village in India to the cane fields of Guyana.

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5:45 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

How Slavery Shaped America's Oldest And Most Elite Colleges

An early flier for an event at King's College --Β” which would later become Columbia University β€” included an advertisement for a slave auction.
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A few years ago, Brown University commissioned a study of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade. The report found that the Brown family β€” the wealthy Rhode Island merchants for whom the university was named β€” were "not major slave traders, but they were not strangers to the business either."

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4:15 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Family Tree That Includes Slaves β€” And Slave Owners

Andrea Stuart is also the author of The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine.
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Part of our summer reading series Island Reads, highlighting authors from the Caribbean

Andrea Stuart was curious about her family's history in Barbados. And through years of careful research, she found that her bloodline includes both slave owners and slaves. She has written about her own family, as well as a detailed history of slavery in the Caribbean, in her book Sugar in the Blood. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Stuart about her family history, the moral complexity of slavery and finding roots in the past.

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