reconstruction

North Carolina Formally Recognizes 1898 Racial Massacre as a ‘Coup’ With New Historic Marker

North Carolina Formally Recognizes 1898 Racial Massacre as a ‘Coup’ With New Historic Marker

The historic port city of Wilmington, N.C., is finally recognizing one of the most consequential moments in its history—a white supremacist-led insurrection—for what it was: a coup.Read more...
What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics

What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics

Hua Hsu writes about the striking statistical graphics that W. E. B. Du Bois and his curators commissioned for the World’s Fair, reprinted in the book “Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris
Facing Up to the Past, German-Style

Facing Up to the Past, German-Style

A compulsion to find meaning in chaos has produced many Theories of Trumpism. Initially shocked by such an erratic candidate and a startlingly racist campaign immediately following the United States’
Facebook highlights AI that converts 2D objects into 3D shapes

Facebook highlights AI that converts 2D objects into 3D shapes

In a blog post and papers, Facebook highlights a pair of AI models that can convert 2D objects into 3D shapes with high accuracy.

The wonderful You Must Remember This podcast returns to tell the secret history of Disney's most racist movie, Song of the South

Song of the South is one of the most obscure and most popular of all the Disney movies: despite the fact that Disney has not made it available for a generation, the movie is the basis for the "Splash
The Argument Against D.C. Statehood Is Rooted in Racism

The Argument Against D.C. Statehood Is Rooted in Racism

In February of 1873, James Shepherd Pike, a radical Republican journalist and longtime advocate for black suffrage, was assigned by the New York Tribune to cover a Deep South state legislature in the
This Is Our First Look at This Prehistoric Human Relative, Made Using DNA

This Is Our First Look at This Prehistoric Human Relative, Made Using DNA

All that remains of the Denisovans are a few bone samples, but scientists used DNA to reconstruct what our prehistoric relative might have looked like for the first time.
The Buried Promise of the Reconstruction Amendments

The Buried Promise of the Reconstruction Amendments

Isaac Chotiner talks to the historian Eric Foner about the Reconstruction amendments, the ways in which we misunderstand the legacy of slavery, and whether Trump’s Presidency demands a rethinking of

Elizabeth Warren has a plan to reform "Heirs' Property," which allows wealthy white property developers to steal Black family homes

Heirs' property is a relic of post-Reconstruction law, which allows white developers to exploit the diffuse ownership of Black family homes to steal them and kick out the people who live
The Impossibility of Impeachment

The Impossibility of Impeachment

Polling outfits routinely ask historians and political scientists to rate the presidents from worst to best. It’s an inherently frustrating exercise. Does “greatness” depend on what a chief executive
Racial Terror and the Second Repeal of Reconstruction

Racial Terror and the Second Repeal of Reconstruction

This April, PBS aired a groundbreaking documentary series on the fate of Reconstruction—and therefore of Black America. Featuring more than 40 scholars (myself among them) and Black descendants of key
Architects and historians wonder: Maybe the new Notre Dame should be less “overburdened” with Christian meaning

Architects and historians wonder: Maybe the new Notre Dame should be less “overburdened” with Christian meaning

"Any rebuilding should be ... a reflection of the France of today, a France that is currently in the making." The post Architects and historians wonder: Maybe the new Notre Dame should be less
Colfax massacre - April 13, 1873

Colfax massacre - April 13, 1873

One of the deadliest racial incidents during the Reconstruction Era happened on this day in 1873, when a massacre broke out in the aftermath of a controversial election.
It’s Time To Talk About Reparations

It’s Time To Talk About Reparations

The comments on the House Judiciary Committee’s livestreamed congressional hearing on online hate had to be disabled due to hate speech
Forensic Artist Brilliantly Reconstructs A Face From An Empty Skull-Shaped Bottle Of Crystal Head Vodka

Forensic Artist Brilliantly Reconstructs A Face From An Empty Skull-Shaped Bottle Of Crystal Head Vodka

Scotland forensic artist Nigel took an empty skull-shaped bottle of high-end Crystal Head Vodka and reconstructed a face — much...
This Black History Month, Let’s Recognize the African-American Prisoners Who Helped Build America

This Black History Month, Let’s Recognize the African-American Prisoners Who Helped Build America

Like much of the rest of the discourse around jails, prisons and mass incarceration, Black History Month is not usually a time when we talk about the thousands of black prisoners that were forced to
How Videos of Police Brutality
Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice

How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice

The nightmare haunts Victor Dempsey even in his waking hours, tightening his chest and snatching his breath. It is as if it’s waiting for him, and when he sleeps there’s no escape. The dream first
Robert Smalls (Entry 1176.DE2315)

Robert Smalls (Entry 1176.DE2315)

In which a South Carolina slave seizes a heavily armed Confederate ship and sails it to freedom and instant celebrity, whereas Ken doesn't even own a hatchet. Certificate #38760.
Starbreeze CEO Steps Down As Company Files For Reconstruction

Starbreeze CEO Steps Down As Company Files For Reconstruction

Due in large part to poor sales of co-op first-person shooter Overkill’s The Walking Dead, Swedish video game developer and publisher Starbreeze today filed for reconstruction with the Stockholm
Starbreeze CEO Steps Down As Company Files For Reconstruction

Starbreeze CEO Steps Down As Company Files For Reconstruction

Due in large part to poor sales of co-op first-person shooter Overkill’s The Walking Dead, Swedish video game developer and publisher Starbreeze today filed for reconstruction with the Stockholm