Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them

Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.

Gavin McDonald, Senior Project Researcher, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Fishing industry must do more to tackle human rights abuses – here's where to start

One in six fishers in the Gulf of Thailand have been coerced or deceived into working against their will.

Chris Armstrong, Professor of Political Theory, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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How abolitionists paved way for the 19th Amendment

100 years after the 19th Amendment's passage, an expert digs into how the intersection of gender and racial justice inspired the women's suffrage movement.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~11 min

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Genetic impact of colonial-era slave trade revealed in DNA study

The consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism are revealed by the findings.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 24, 2020 ~4 min

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What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

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More and more people may soon celebrate Juneteenth

"This misconception that the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery, I think, comes from a misunderstanding of the Civil War." Juneteenth clarifies things.

Kyle Mittan-U. Arizona • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~11 min

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Juneteenth history highlights long fight for Black freedom

"Black people on Juneteenth knew that masters and mistresses would not give them their freedom. They knew that they needed to make their own freedom."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Juneteenth highlights the long fight for Black freedom

"Black people on Juneteenth knew that masters and mistresses would not give them their freedom. They knew that they needed to make their own freedom."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

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How would reparations for African Americans actually work?

Sandy Darity is an expert on the feasability of reparations, but he was once skeptical of their practicality. Here's his plan for making them happen.

Duke University • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~3 min

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African Americans forged free lives in Civil War refugee camps

Civil War refugee camps, where many African Americans lived just before the end of slavery, show "how African Americans made and lived out freedom on their own terms."

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~12 min

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