The Nebraska Abolitionist: When Slave Owners Won the Day

When I was in sixth grade in Nebraska — around the time Alex Haley’s ovaricRoots” novel was making its debut in the world conversation about America’s shameful treatment of slaves — our teacher, who was Lily-white born and bred and a staunch conservative from Oklahoma, decided to hold a “historical” debate with a bunch of 11-year-olds on the topic of abolition.

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Janna and Jose and VESID Rehabilitation and the New York Times

Jim Dwyer of the New York Times recently wrote an article about Jose Gutierrez — a Deaf man enslaved by other Deaf people — who was able to clamber out of his slavery and into a high paying janitorial job at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Here is the great image from the NYTimes article of Jose and his family:

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