How Did Slavery in the Amercan Antebellum South Compare to Slavery in the Ancient World?

In comparing the peculiar institution in the American Antebellum South with its ancestor in the ancient world, you find a few differences and many similarities. One of the most obvious differences is that to qualify as a slave in the Antebellum South, you had to have some Black African ancestry. You didn’t need much. By [...]

Book Review: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup

I made the acquaintance of Solomon Northrup almost by chance. I had heard good things about the movie Twelve Years a Slave, but I probably wouldn’t have watched it if it hadn’t been offered as entertainment on an airplane flight to France. I wasn’t planning to read the book, but, as I was walking my [...]