Slavery

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The heartbreaking stories behind these "information wanted" ads

Published Feb. 29, 2020

Every year for Black History Month, Judge Derek Mosley posts daily tributes on Facebook that provide information about remarkable African-Americans who were excluded from mainstream history. Today, learn the heartbreaking story behind ads like these.

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The meaning behind "40 acres and a mule"

Published Feb. 4, 2019

Most people have heard the term "40 Acres and a mule," but many don't know it by its official name, Special Field Orders No. 15. These were military orders issued during the American Civil War, on January 16, 1865, by General William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of the Military Division of the United States Army.

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Assassinated on this day, Abraham Lincoln made his impression on MKE

Published April 14, 2015

It was called the "saddest week in Milwaukee's history." 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. As one early history of Milwaukee records, "The city was hushed in grief. Silently and sorrowfully the buildings, many of them still gaily flaunting the joyous decorations of the week before, were clad in the habiliments of woe." Many of those Milwaukeeans were doubtlessly remembering Lincoln's visit to the city, just six years earlier.

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Real kids review "Real Pirates"

Published Jan. 22, 2013

In mid-December, Bobby Tanzilo wrote a great preview piece about "Real Pirates," the current temporary exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. I returned yesterday with three kids in tow to get their perspective.

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For 'Wheel of Fortune' it's all how you say it

Published Dec. 26, 2012

If you've been on Earth for less than 37 years, you don't know a time when "Wheel of Fortune" hasn't been on the air. And if you ponder that for a moment, it has to be surprising that it took that long for a vernacular error to cause a stir among the show's fan base.

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"Real Pirates" explains the intersection of slavery and piracy

Published Dec. 17, 2012

The National Geographic exhibition is called "Real Pirates," but the sprawling new show at Milwaukee Public Museum is more complex than the name suggests. The focus is the story of the Whydah, but the three-masted, 300-ton galley was built in Britain in 1715 to carry slaves from West Africa to the Caribbean. Suddenly, this is more than a Depp-style fantasy tale of swashbuckling buccaneers.

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It's not slavery when you average $5 million per year

Published Oct. 19, 2011

Bryant Gumbel, the race-baiting impresario of the remarkably reported Real Sports program, is at it again, choosing to liken our country's darkest past human rights violations with multi-millionaires getting a slightly smaller piece of the pie. It is irrelevant to him that average families no longer can afford to attend games, but it does lead you to wonder how he is able to retain his bully pulpit to aim his verbal daggers at anyone who dares enter his vitriolic realm.

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Black History Month

Published Feb. 20, 2008

It's February and that means it's Black History Month! This event, celebrated annually in the U.S. and the U.K., was founded in 1926 by an African-American historian Carter G. Woodson.

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"Finding Freedom" trails runaway slave Joshua Glover

Published Nov. 3, 2007

Read Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald's book "Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave," and you'll immediately recognize the significance of the intersection of Glover and Booth Streets.

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BURSPUR provided route to freedom

Published June 8, 2006

You can almost see the people, traveling the Underground Railroad route, in their escape from slavery to freedom. The Burlington, Rochester and Spring Prairie Underground Railroad (BURSPUR) trail in Racine and Walworth Counties was taken by hundreds of freedom seekers.