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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From advertisements taken out in African-American newspapers by former slaves searching for relatives. The earliest ads appeared in 1863. Villanova University and Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Philadelphia,…
The origins of the Underground Railroad
By Peter Andreas, from his book out this month from Oxford University Press. Andreas is a professor of political science at Brown University. The agents moved in to seize the…
A chapter of unwritten history
They stand in the Gulf of Guinea–those two islands of San Thomé and Principe where the slaves die–about 150 miles from the nearest coast at the Gaboon River in French…