These stories from The Conversation archive explore where racism came from and why it persists.
By holding a mirror up to society and reflecting its aspirations and shortcomings, alternative histories can advance our national dialogue about the legacy of slavery and the Civil War.
“Human trafficking” brings to mind sex slavery and extreme human rights abuses. But an equally pernicious, lesser-known form of slavery persists in the U.S. and elsewhere.
The history of slavery provides vital context to contemporary conversations and counters the distorted facts, internet hoaxes and poor scholarship I caution my students against.
The southern city of New Orleans, Louisiana has begun removing four prominent monuments that paid tribute to the city's racially segregated past.
African refugees and migrants passing through Libya are being bought and sold in slave markets before being held for ransom, forced labor or sexual exploitation.
Civil rights leaders in Georgia are fighting an effort to recognize "Confederate History Month," arguing that doing so would gloss over the U.S. history of slavery.
School district officials are planning a community meeting to decide whether or not creating advertisements for a slave auction is an appropriate assignment for fifth grade students.
When I listened to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson compare immigration to slavery, I was transported back to the year 2000.