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Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Who was Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Why Does He Matter Now?

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Reparations

By Julia Gaffield— Today is Haitian Independence Day, the anniversary of the revolution that defeated French colonialism. On January 1, 1804, Haiti became the second independent country in the Americas and the world’s first nation to permanently abolish slavery. But today is also a time to remember Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a military leader, politician, and a long-neglected hero of the Revolution who actually declared Haitian independence. Born enslaved in Saint-Domingue (Haiti’s colonial…

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Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence Is Sexist, Racist, Prejudiced

By Commentaries/Opinions

We can embrace the underlying spirit of the Declaration of Independence but also learn from its shortcomings. By Matthew Rozsa, Salon — It is painful to write about the shortcomings of the Declaration of Independence. The historic document was officially approved by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 — a mere two days after the Lee Resolution formally declared the American colonies to be independent of the…

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Frederick Douglass

Commemorating Frederick Douglass Day — Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — Many Americans have just concluded “celebrating” a protracted July 4th, Independence Day holiday. It is a time for vacating, picnicking, family cook-outs, parades, fireworks and lots of flag-waving during perhaps the most “patriotic” season of the year. As an African in America, when I think about the Fourth of July it conjures up the memory and spirit of Frederick…

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Freed Slaves Civil War

A Lesson on Slavery for White America

By Editors' Choice

By Paul Street — Look at the following series of tweets from the president of the United States, reflecting Thursday on the tearing down of Confederate statues in the U.S. South: Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson—who’s next, Washington, Jefferson?…

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