An Empire of Readers

How was the eighteenth-century pursuit of knowledge intertwined with enslavement and empire? Lucy Moynihan on the history of literary institutions in the British colonial world.

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Involuntary Sterilization

Can medical institutions participate in colonial violence? Allison McKibban argues the involuntary sterilization of tens of thousands of Native American women in the 1970s must be rehistoricised as part of the U.S. government’s broader…

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Black Wall Street

How do we build healing history in the wake of a massacre? Hannibal B. Johnson writes about black achievement in Tulsa, Oklahoma and celebrates the architects of the “Greenwood District” who resisted white supremacy and racial…

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Colston Revisited

Madge Dresser argues that statues of slave traders, such as Edward Colston, often served complex local and civic objectives, which were inextricable from historical processes which silenced the voices of enslaved Africans.

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