The Lost Cause

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The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War on the Confederates

~posted by Carl

The Confederacy and its long shadow has been in the news in 2015 following the Charleston church shootings and the subsequent removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina. Is that flag a symbol of the honored heritage of valiant defenders of Southern soil, or one of the oppression of a people? Continue reading “The Lost Cause”

Learning history from comic books

 I didn’t think I was a fan of comic books, but after reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, my view of comic books completely changed.”I found that the comic book format particularly makes learning history more enjoyable due to its lively pictures and brief narrative.

I recently read three American history comic books that I happened to lay my eyes on when I was browsing for American history books in The Seattle Public Library’s catalog. I had a fun experience reading them and would like to share them with other readers. Continue reading “Learning history from comic books”

Modern-Day Slavery series starts February 28

It is hard to believe and difficult to fathom that you could, today, in the 21st century, find yourself living next door to a slave. Author, Kevin Bales describes how a person might find him or herself in such a dire predicament in the book The Slave Next Door:  Human Trafficking and Slavery in American Today

According to the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, human trafficking is the “fastest growing criminal industry in the world today.” In 2003, the State of Washington had the distinction of being the first state to pass a law criminalizing human trafficking.  Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the country each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice estimates.

Washington State is grappling with this knotty issue.  If you are interested in increasing your knowledge and awareness of the topic, please plan to attend the three-part series The Price of a Life:  Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking at the Central Library.  Sara Lerner, reporter/announcer for KUOW radio will moderate the series which is designed to highlight local, regional and national efforts in addressing the Continue reading “Modern-Day Slavery series starts February 28”

Yokes and Chains

“I am so sorry. “

Yokes and Chains

These very powerful words have the ability to transform a  relationship.  When an apology is offered sincerely, the opportunity for healing and forgiveness may begin. Most of our lives have been touched by offering or receiving a heartfelt, courageous  apology.  But what good can it do to apologize for something you did not do?

Michael Lienau and his Camano Island family discovered just how potent this sort of an apology can be when they joined the Lifeline Expedition and traveled to England, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States to honor the abolition movement and to offer apologies to the descendents of slaves. Continue reading “Yokes and Chains”

Legacies of Slavery film series starts March 29th

inheriting the trade “Family Confronts Its Slave-Trading Past: Local DeWolf descendant is featured in ‘P.O.V.’ documentary” was the headline in the P-I that caught my eye.  I was intrigued because of  my own history of growing up in South Carolina as a descendent of a slave-owning family. “Traces of the Trade: a Story from the Deep North” tells the story of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history and of the journey undertaken by Seattle resident Elly DeWolfe Hale and eight of her cousins who retrace the Transatlantic Triangle Trade, which carried slaves between West Africa, the Caribbean and American colonies. Inheriting the Trade is Tom DeWolfe’s chronicle of his participation in the project.

Traces became a hot topic in the history and art department here at the Library. We decided to create a film and discussion series regarding the enduring effects of slavery. Facing the Future: Families Explore Slavery’s Legacy is a three-part series of documentaries and discussion which will explore how three different families face the effects the Transatlantic slave trade had and has on our lives today.  Traces of the Trade will be the first film of the series on March 29 in the Microsoft Auditorium at 2 p.m

 Two other films in the series are on Sunday afternoons as well.

 Yokes and Chains will be shown April 19 at 2 p.m.

 Family Name will be shown June 21 at 2 p.m. 

After each screening, there will be an opportunity for the audience to engage with panelists who have been selected because of their familiarity with the issues raised in the films. ~ Mary D