Slavery History

'12 Years a Slave' In Cinematic Context

For a society still struggling some 150 years from Emancipation to negotiate a working discourse on slavery and race, ‘12 Years a Slave’ is a visual moment that forces a reexamination of our national past perhaps like no other major film in recent memory.

Paula Deen, an American Story

Deen embodies the selective amnesia that’s allowed the U.S. to paper over its racial, economic and political contradictions, right from the start.