Emancipations Lab

Emancipations Blog

In conjunction with the Emancipations Lab series of events in 2012-2013, the Center for the Humanities solicited and published several blog posts to launch and continue important conversations about how slavery, its destruction, and its aftermath have shaped the modern world.
 Please find these contributions below.


Lincoln Slept Here

Jesse J. Gant, April 17, 2012. Last week, University of Southern California historian Richard Wightman Fox offered a preview of the University of Wisconsin’s upcoming Emancipations: The End of American Slavery [...]
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Dreaming of Black Presidents

Stephen Kantrowitz, January 24th, 2013. The dream of a postracial nation which lushly flowered with Barack Obama’s election now seems faint and faded: the 2012 presidential campaign witnessed the continuing fantasy that [...]
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Lockup America

Simon Balto, March 5th, 2013. Roughly 35,000 Wisconsin citizens will go to sleep tonight behind bars. That’s somewhere between the populations of Manitowoc and Brookfield, or, if you’ve been to a Brewer game at Miller Park [...]
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Freedom’s Dystopia

Brian Hamilton, April 4th, 2013. Abraham Lincoln is praised for nothing if not his pragmatism. It is, many claim, what helped him become the Great Emancipator. To historian James McPherson, Lincoln is “a pragmatic [...]
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Paranormal, USA

Jesse J. Gant, May 29th, 2013. It was a dark and stormy night... When, during the long and hot summer of 1935, two youngsters in Alton, Illinois, found what appeared to be human skeletons. The bones were exposed at a [...]
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