Slavery in the US

Jonathan Walker: The Abolitionist Who Was Branded with Hot Iron for Helping Runaway Slaves

Jonathan Walker, also known as "The Man with the Branded Hand", was an American abolitionist who was branded on his hand by the United States Government with the markings "S S", for "Slave Stealer" for attempting to help seven...

The Brutal Lynching of Luther Holbert and His Wife by a White Mob in 1904

Luther Holbert born in 1852, was an African American man who was tortured and lynched alongside his wife by a mob in Doddsville, Mississippi on Sunday, February 7, 1904, after being accused of a double murder. Born into slavery in...

Remembering Heartbreak Day: The Tragedy of New Year’s Day for Slave Families in the United States

Heartbreak Day, also known as New Year's Day, was a day of great fear and sadness for many enslaved families in the United States. It was a time when slave owners would often sell off their slaves to other...

The Seasoning: How Newly Arrived Enslaved Africans Were Brutally Conditioned in the Americas

The seasoning is a brutal process employed by White slave masters to adapt their newly acquired African slaves to a life of servitude.

Nathaniel Gordon: The Only Slave Trader to Be Tried and Executed in the United States for Engaging in Slave Trade

Nathaniel Gordon was a slave trader who, in 1862, became the only person in U.S. history to be executed for being engaged in the illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Memphis Massacre of 1866: The Racial Massacre That Targeted African Americans and Exposed the Brutality of Racism

The Memphis Massacre of 1866 was a sequence of violent incidents that took place in Memphis, Tennessee from May 1 to 3, 1866, and targeted African Americans. The racial rioting resulted in 48 fatalities, several rapes, the burning of 91 homes, churches, and 12 black schools.

Madison Washington: The Man Who Led the Most Successful Slave Revolt in United States History

Madison Washington was an enslaved African who led the Creole slave revolt in November 1841, during which 18 black slaves commandeered the slave ship, the Creole. This uprising ultimately secured freedom for 128 enslaved individuals.

Prudence Crandall: The Educator Imprisoned for Teaching African American Children in 1834

Prudence Crandall was an American schoolteacher and activist who founded the Canterbury Female Boarding School in Canterbury, Connecticut, in 1831, sparking a chain of events that challenged the norms of the day.

Gag Rule: The Rules That Silenced Discussions About Slavery in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1836

The gag rule was a series of rules that forbade the raising, consideration, or discussion of slavery in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1836 to 1844

The Pearl Incident: The Largest Nonviolent Escape Attempt by Enslaved Africans in U.S. History

The Pearl Incident which took place in 1848, marked the largest recorded nonviolent escape attempt by enslaved Africans in U.S. history.
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Remembering Bruce Boynton: the Activist Who Was Arrested and Jailed for Ordering Burger at a Whites Only Restaurant

Boynton's simple act of ordering a cheeseburger in a whites-only restaurant sparked a legal battle that led to significant changes in the country's discriminatory practices.