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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
The Civil War casts a long shadow. In the first year of that wrenching conflict, Maryland's lawmakers voted unanimously for a constitutional amendment to bar the federal government from abolishing slavery. Now, more than 150 years later, some legislators in Annapolis are looking to put the state on the right side of history. A Senate committee is scheduled Thursday to consider rescinding the state's 1862 ratification of the so-called "shadow" 13th Amendment, which would have locked slavery into the U.S. Constitution.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | May 5, 1995
Washington -- If you think slavery is a thing of the past, guess again.A vigorous market in human beings continues in Mauritania and Sudan, according to a variety of investigators for the United Nations, the State Department, private human-rights organizations and, increasingly, concerned African-Americans who think Africa's dirty little secret has gone on long enough.A number of black newspapers and broadcast talk shows have spotlighted the issue, most prominently the New York City Sun, a black-owned Brooklyn-based newspaper that recently ran a five-part series on the problem.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | April 17, 1997
BOSTON -- In his new, widely publicized book ''Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa,'' author Keith Richburg of the Washington Post sees the corpses of massacred Africans and writes, ''If things had been different, I might have been'' one of them. ''So I thank God my ancestor survived that voyage.''At another point, he visits the place where Africans were loaded for the voyage: Goree Island in Senegal. Many African-Americans cry when they visit Goree. Mr. Richburg writes that he felt ''little personal connection or pain.
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February 13, 2013
The Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College will host Emancipation and Its Legacies, a national traveling exhibition on display through Feb. 25. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Hays-Heighe House is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public. Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Emancipation and Its Legacies marks the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore sun | October 11, 2013
Apparently quoting Vladimir Lenin to explain the deeper meaning of Obamacare, and stopping just short of calling President Barack Obama a communist, isn't inflammatory enough for Ben Carson in his new role as a paid Fox News contributor. After leveling the Joe-McCarthy-like charges against Obama on Megyn Kelly's show earlier this week, here's Carson raising his game and introducing "slavery" into the already fevered debate over the Affordable Care Act. I wonder how Johns Hopkins is feeling now about that "emeritus" title they gave Carson when he resigned in July.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic | May 22, 2007
Britain's deputy prime minister told a Baltimore audience yesterday that his country regretted its part in the African slave trade. He called on other nations to redouble efforts to combat modern forms of slavery. Deputy Prime Minister John Leslie Prescott made his remarks at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, where a major exhibition about slavery in Maryland is on view. "We recognize the active role Britain played in the slave trade," Prescott said, noting that millions of African slaves were forcibly transported to British colonies in North America and the Caribbean during the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.
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By Carl T. Rowan | June 18, 1997
In every social system there must be a class to do the menialduties, to perform the drudgery of life. That is, a class requiring but a low order of intellect and but little skill.Fortunately for the South, she has found a race adapted to that purpose at her hand. A race inferior to her own, but eminently qualified in temper, in vigor, in docility, in capacity to stand the climate, to answer all her purposes.We use them for our purpose, and we call them slaves.A5 -- Sen. James Henry Hammond, South Carolina, 1861 WASHINGTON -- Thomas Jefferson called slavery ''this abomination.
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By Susan Hansen and Susan Hansen,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 25, 1990
WASHINGTON -- A growing debate about whether black Americans are entitled to reparations for wrongs suffered under slavery and decades of racial discrimination found a new forum in Congress yesterday.After clearing their first legislative hurdle, those seeking a new federal commission to study slavery's impact on African-Americans say it may be an idea whose time has come."We just can't slam the door on these questions," said Representative John Conyers Jr., D-Mich. "It's a matter of healing for the country."
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By GREGORY KANE | August 6, 1997
The Great American Dialogue on Race may have already begun, no thanks to President Bill Clinton, who so far has given us nothing but platitudes on the subject after declaring it an imperative for this year.But dialogues must begin with tough or uncomfortable questions. One caller posed one Sunday."What if," he asked, "there had been no slavery? Black people are much better off with slavery than they would have been without slavery."This man, judging from the tone of his voice and his question, was no snide, babbling racist.
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July 9, 2003
President George Washington issued orders in his will that his slaves be freed after his death; President Thomas Jefferson did not. Twelve presidents owned slaves. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, effective Jan. 1, 1863, which freed very few slaves because it affected only those held in rebellious states - and those states ignored it. Those in states loyal to the Union could keep their slaves, and slavery was ended only by the passage of the 13th Amendment.
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