Tag: Slavery
Juneteenth: The Latest Effort to Balkanize the U.S.
Thanks to Joe Biden, a unanimous U.S. Senate, and 415-14 vote in the House, we have a new federal holiday: Juneteenth. The holiday celebrates the day that the Union forces arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the town’s slaves were free pursuant to the Emancipation Proclamation. Various groups on the Right are urging...
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Adam Smith’s Condemnation of Slavery, 1759
Adam Smith fulminated against the injustice of slavery in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, speaking of the slave traders as the refuse of the jails of Europe: There is not a negro from the coast of Africa who does not, in this respect, possess a degree of magnanimity which the soul of his sordid...
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The Radicals Are Gunning for John Marshall
Marshall County, Alabama, is located in the north of the state near Huntsville. It was founded in 1836 and named for Chief Justice John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the United States and an ardent nationalist. In step with the times, it is also the target of regular protests. One facet of the...
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Harriet Breathes Life into Call for Liberty
One of the most overlooked movies of 2019 may have been Harriet, the historical drama about American fugitive slave Harriet Tubman. The movie breathes long overdue life into Tubman’s heroic efforts to rescue her family and others from slavery. Indeed, she may be one of the most underappreciated heroines of American liberty.
W.E.B. DuBois on States Rights and the CSA
A matter of state’s rights?
Frederick Douglass: Lion of Individualist Liberalism
Blight, the Yale historian, is hardly unique in his misrepresentation of the classical liberal tradition.
Slavery and Justifications for Southern Secession in Their Own Words
With the national debate over removing monuments to confederate war heroes dominating headlines, perhaps we need a reminder of the principles and justifications for southern secession for which these men fought. The following excerpts are from the articles of secession adopted by five states, and the ordinances of secession adopted by the legislatures, conventions,...
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Make No Mistake: Fidel Castro Was a Horrible Person
Cuba’s former dictator, Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 90. When I woke up on Saturday morning to see the news, I was surprised by the reaction of many friends on social media, as well as the national media. The New York Times headline read, “Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at...
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Harriet Tubman and America’s Immigration Hypocrisy
Last week it was announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill. The announcement was met with mixed reactions, though most seem to be positive. Placing a woman of color on American currency, an honor which thus far has been reserved for the Founding Fathers, is undoubtedly an event, one...
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Say No to Reparations: Remembering Slavery, Forgetting the Classical-Liberal Values that Abolished It
Advocates of reparations for the descendants of African American slaves recently challenged socialist Bernie Sanders to embrace their cause, which he refused to do. A leading advocate of reparations, Atlantic contributor Ta-Nehisi Coates, criticizes Sanders for placing class-based politics before race. Lost in the unending debate over reparations is a key point: group reparations ignore the...
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