Fiction: Escaping Slavery in a Hot-Air Balloon

In Esi Edugyan’s daringly imagined new novel, “Washington Black,” an enslaved boy and his master’s brother flee a plantation in a flying contraption and forge an unlikely bond.
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Slavery musical with largely white cast cancelled

A musical about slavery featuring a largely white cast has been pulled from a festival after accusations of cultural appropriation.
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Michael Che Dismisses Kanye West’s Entire Slavery Narrative With A Single Word

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Kanye West describes slavery as ‘a choice’

Kanye West has again courted controversy after suggesting that slavery was “a choice”.
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Books of The Times: ‘Barracoon’ and ‘Slave Old Man’ Approach the Trauma of Slavery With Care and Kinship

Patrick Chamoiseau and Zora Neale Hurston tell, in very different ways, the stories of Africans captured and sold into slavery in the New World.
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Trevor Noah Highlights An Awful Consequence Of Kanye West’s Slavery Comments

“Normally, I wouldn’t really care what Kanye West said about slavery or black history.”
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Kanye West Calls Slavery A ‘Choice,’ Gets Schooled On History

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Samuel L Jackson hits out at slavery speech

Samuel L Jackson has led the backlash against Donald Trump’s new housing secretary for his comments referring to slaves brought to the US against their will as “immigrants”.
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Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South

Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South


American slavery in the antebellum period was characterized by a massive wave of forced migration as millions of slaves were moved across state lines to the expanding southwest, scattered locally, and sold or hired out in towns and cities across the South. This book sheds new light on domestic forced migration by examining the experiences of American-born slave migrants from a comparative perspective. Juxtaposing and contrasting the experiences of long-distance, local, and urban slave migrants, it analyzes how different migrant groups anticipated, reacted to, and experienced forced removal, as well as how they adapted to their new homes.

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Slavery vs. Freedom?: A Cost Analysis

Is there an advantage to being a slave rather than a minimum wage worker, who lives on a subsistence salary? A slave is a piece of property that needs to be maintained, just like a car or tractor. Hence from a health point of view, the situation of the slave is better than that of many workers in America, who still struggle with health costs, despite the advances of Obamacare.

A slave, like a pet, also has to be fed and treated with plenty of TLC, otherwise it will become squirrelly and indolent. Repeated punishments and beatings have not been found to increase the effectiveness of slaves. Minimum wage workers, however, require little TLC. If a worker in a fast food joint doesn’t perform his job, there’s always a replacement waiting in the wings. Of course, freedom is the one thing that slaves don’t have. Everyone talks about freedom and dreams of it, but once it arrives its benefits fall far short of the promise that was once held out. Sure it’s nice to be free, but freedom like independence means that you end up having to fend for yourself. It’s nice to be free if you can hack it, but if you end up having a hard time in an increasingly competitive marketplace, then you may want think about relinquishing your freedom.

In general, when you create a spreadsheet and list all the pluses and minuses of freedom versus slavery, you’re going to find that it’s a very close call. Would you rather be enslaved by a relatively nice owner, say a Thomas Jefferson type, or work for McDonald’s for the rest of your life?

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12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery

12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery


Used – Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York State in 1841, Solomon Northup was drugged and kidnapped. His life in jeopardy, he was forced to assume a new name and fake past. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he was initially sold to a cotton planter. In the twelve years that follow he is sold to many different owners who treat him with varying levels of savagery; forced labour, scant food and numerous beatings are his regular fare. Against all odds,

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Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom : The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom : The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery


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