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Is there any (other) record of white people being sold into slavery in America?

Awhile back I asked a question about a book The Boy John: Story of a White Slave written in 1897. The book tells the story of a white boy who was sold into slavery. His master made him stay outside ...
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Has old masonry been found with the bodies of slaves inside?

I was just reading the first edition of the The Emancipator on Gale's Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Database. One way to get access is through a Houston Public Library E-Card, which are ...
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Were "African levies" paid during the Hut Tax War of 1898?

The Hut Tax War of 1898 was fought largely between the British, supported by freed African, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean slaves, called the Creole trying to colonize Sierra Leone, and the ...
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Can anyone help me find a 2010 Associated Press report on the costs of the drug war?

I came across Fox News and Huffington Post articles claiming to be reporting on an Associated Press report claiming that America has spent $1 trillion on the war on drugs. Based on the following ...
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Is this newspaper article describing the Battle of Glorieta Pass?

I've been trying to find old newspaper articles covering the Battle of Glorieta Pass as close to the date it happened, but strangely the term "Glorieta Pass" isn't coming up in the databases ...
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How did news of important events spread during the English Civil War?

I know there were proto-newspapers in Britain at the time, but how did people in, for example, Huntingdon or Worcester, find out what was happening in London or Oxford? Did Royalist or Parliamentarian ...
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What was the first health insurance company in America?

I wrote this question after searching “health insurance” on the Library of Congress’s, online Chronicling America collection, and finding an early health insurance company. When I Googled to ask what ...
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Was Ottawa, Canada the origin of the "Free Tibet" movement that became world famous in the 80's and 90's?

Free Tibet as a slogan became world-famous starting from 1986-1987 And the only reference I can find as to the sparks that ignited the movement are a demonstration in Ottawa in 1986, where Tibetans ...
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What could be the uses of a pike, other than for fighting, circa 1833 Ireland

I am reading more about the 'Kanturk Massacre' in old newspapers, and one of the points brought up on a few occasions during the coroner's inquest is that a pike was found with the victims, and the ...
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What is the proof that during WW I, belligerent countries censored reports on the Spanish influenza?

Wikipedia has the following on the Spanish flu: The pandemic broke out near the end of World War I, when wartime censors suppressed bad news in the belligerent countries to maintain morale, but ...
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What was the Kanturk Massacre/Thernagree Affray?

I found brief mention of 5 people killed in Kanturk, Ireland in this 22 March 1833 edition of the Brookville Inquirer and wanted to know more, and now that I do, I thought I'd share an interesting ...
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What was a turf rick in Ireland, circa 1833?

I was reading old newspapers when I came across this: The bit I am wondering about is the part that says "was at a turf rick for some turf". Googling "turf rick", brings up a ...
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Was there a travel section in the Sunday London Times in the 1890s?

Was there a travel section in the Sunday edition of the London Times in the 1890s? Or was there something that was roughly the equivalent of it? If so, what was it called? (Somehow "Travel&...
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Why was wearing an orange lily so offensive as to warrant assault in Ireland in 1845?

So, I came across this article in the 03 July 1845 edition of the Freeman's Journal, a newspaper out of Dublin Ireland. The article talks about an incident in which Thomas Short was assaulted by a 14-...
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Can anyone help me find out about a historic Department of Water and Power building, seemingly built in 1923?

I was reading an old newspaper about a stick-up crew. It described an area in Los Angeles, California that I believe I have located. The article describes an "alley running north and south from ...
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What was a Purity Chapter?

In turn-of-the-last-century American newspapers, I keep finding notices of numbered "Purity Chapters" holding meetings, like this... The annual meeting for the election of officers of ...
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What was the criminal charge of "pretending sodomy" in 1719 England?

In an old London, England newspaper called "The Post Boy", the edition of 19 May 1719, there is what I believe is an advertisement for a book that will be published the next day (it says). ...
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