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By Charles Jacobs & Mohamed Athie | July 14, 1994
LAST MONTH, Amnesty International's American branch decided it was time to abolish slavery.Presented with evidence of human bondage in North Africa, the members voted to add to an already crowded mandate the emancipation of chattel slaves.It may be hard to believe that in 1994 a new abolitionist movement is needed.Today, in the former French colony of Mauritania, where slavery was ended -- on paper -- in 1980, the U.S. State Department estimates that 90,000 blacks still live as the property of Berbers.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 24, 2003
The Known World, by Edward P. Jones. Amistad/ HarperCollins Publishers. 400 pages. $24.95. There are many dark moments in this fascinating story of slavery in antebellum Virginia, but none is more poignant than when Augustus Townsend, a well-known free black man, meets three white patrollers on an isolated country road. Such confrontations happened thousands of times in our history, and in each there was the potential for disaster. Jones, who won the PEN/Hemingway award for his collection of short stories, Lost in the City, sets The Known World in Manchester County, a speck on the map somewhere near Richmond.
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By GREGORY KANE | April 19, 1997
Once again, Sun readers strike back at the bitter, angry B.R.U.T. (Black Racist Uncle Tom) Gregory Kane. Don't think I'm upset by these slings and arrows. Folks reading the paper and getting upset beats them not reading it at all by several light-years.A reader whose identity is known only as "subscriber" wrote in response to my Jackie Robinson column. Writing to Sun reader representative Ed Hewitt, subscriber gave the following tongue-lashing:"You don't have to scratch Gregory Kane too deeply to turn a nominally sensible American into a senseless African-American bigot."
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2011
Maia Woods had long wondered about the strange-looking house on Rolling Road in Rockdale, the one that sits off Liberty Road, boarded up and neglected. On Saturday, she found out about its years as a station on the Underground Railroad, how it's been moved twice in its 200-plus-year history by family members well aware of its historical importance, and how it was bought by a couple 30 years ago determined to see it preserved — even though it's been so contaminated by pesticides that no one will ever be able to live in it again.
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By Jennifer Skalka | February 10, 2007
A state Senate resolution introduced this week would require Maryland to apologize for "the role the state played in maintaining the institution of slavery and its attendant evils." "I don't think anyone from the state has ever apologized for this atrocity that was perpetrated on our people," said Sen. Nathaniel Exum, a Prince George's County Democrat and the proposal's lead sponsor. The Senate passed a similar measure last year, but it failed in the House of Delegates. Exum said Deputy Majority Whip Michael L. Vaughn, also a Prince George's County Democrat, will lead the push for the resolution in the Senate.
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By GREGORY KANE | March 23, 1997
Lawrence K. Freeman is a brave man. He's probably one of the few Jews in America to call Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan a friend. Guts this guy Freeman has. Guts and passion. Maybe a little too much passion.One of Freeman's passions is Sudan, which he thinks is a gosh-darned swell country. He and a delegation of African-American state delegates and senators visited Sudan inSeptember and again in January. They found no slavery, a kind, loving and beneficent government and - according to one member of the group - no civil war.This past Thursday, Freeman, who is editor of Executive Intelligence Review and a member of the Schiller Institute, a sponsor of the delegation, and members of that second delegation held a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | March 26, 1998
FOR THE most part, people who call for reparations for slavery are written off as the lunatic fringe. Many white Americans say reparations are impossible because the slaves are dead, most white Americans did not own slaves and the ancestors of many white Americans immigrated here after slavery. They say that the 600,000 deaths in the Civil War is all the apology African-Americans deserve.Some African-Americans agree. Writer Stanley Crouch, who often accuses African-Americans of whining, said, ''We don't need a victim's gold card, and we don't need people feeling guilty about slavery; the whole idea of guilt just makes people madder.
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By Charles Jacobs | January 5, 1999
IT IS a year before the millennium and Theresa Nybol Deng is a slave. In May, she was taken captive when the government-armed militia stormed her village in southern Sudan. Soldiers shot the men, looted the village and carted off as many women and children as they could. Theresa is 12 years old. She can be purchased for $50.If her fate is anything like that of tens of thousands of black Africans who have become chattel in Sudan's civil war, Theresa has been sold and bought. She is likely serving a master somewhere in northern Sudan, Libya or the Persian Gulf.
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By DOUGLAS TURNER | February 27, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Learning about America's one-time addiction to slavery is like peeling back layers of a tough white onion. For example, how many know that New Yorkers kept slaves through 1840, or that a fifth of New York City's population in 1776 was slave? Outfitting slave ships was a churning engine of the city's prosperity, according to black historian W.E.B. Du Bois. How many schoolchildren in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Indiana, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and Rhode Island are taught that the federal census of 1840 counted slaves in their states?
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