Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction

The revolutionary origins of Memorial Day and its political hijacking

What we now know as Memorial Day began as "Decoration Day" in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.

Abolitionist solidarity — Black and white — in the struggle against...

History books have always minimized the struggle of enslaved people, who from the beginning in 1619 in North America, fought slavery at every turn, rebelling, escaping, fighting for the right to fight.

Why revolutionaries commemorate Juneteenth

Editor's note: This article is based on a talk given by Telijah Patterson in Harlem on June 3rd, 2016, and was initially published on...

La historia de la encarcelación estadounidense

La labor de prisioneros tiene larga historia en el desarrollo de los Estados Unidos. De hecho, personajes de la clase dirigente británica recibieron el...
Portrait of Douglas

What to the slave is your 4th of July?

The following is the full text of an untitled speech Frederick Douglas delivered to the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, New York, on July...

Newton Knight – abolitionist guerilla leader in Mississippi A hidden history...

Ever hear the name Newton Knight, or the First Alabama Calvary?  Not likely.  The capitalist media, books, movies & TV, has always promoted stories...

The real legacy of Christopher Columbus: slavery and genocide

The second Monday of October is Columbus Day, celebrated as a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1971. This day marks the anniversary of...

Who really freed the slaves?

150 years ago: first Black soldiers recruited into Civil War Exactly 150 years ago, on February 16, 1863, Boston, Mass. residents opened their newspapers to...

The revolutionary role of Black soldiers in the Civil War

A Black History Month tribute On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is obligatory to pay a special tribute to the Black soldiers...

A legacy of U.S. racism: Disenfranchising Black voters

This article first appeared in the December 2004 issue of Socialism and Liberation, on the heels of the controversial last presidential election. It has...