The Economics of Reparations: Why Congress Should Meet Ta-Nehisi Coates's Modest Demand
May 21, 2014

We can debate reparations all we want. But we can't decide whether to make reparations until we know exactly what doing so would entail. 

Get Ready for a National Debate About Slavery Reparations
Ta-Nehisi Coates makes his case in The Atlantic's new issue
May 20, 2014

It shouldn't be so controversial. But it will.

The Emancipationist Century
David Brion Davis's trilogy was fifty years in the making, and the final volume was worth the wait
May 09, 2014

David Brion Davis's book on American slavery and American freedom was 50 years in the making—and worth the wait.

The True Story of America's First Black Female Slave Novelist
The woman behind 'The Bondwoman's Narrative'
February 10, 2014

The once-unidentified writer of The Bondwoman's Narrative, and a stunning story that goes from North Carolina to revolutionary Nicaragua to the free North.

Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?
January 20, 2014

Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?

Why Can't Critics Deal With Films About Slavery?
October 22, 2013

Last week, I saw 12 Years a Slave and thought it was absolutely superb. For this reason, and because it concerns arguably the most important aspect of American history, I have been seeking out commentary about the film.