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”
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”
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.
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”
“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 Tradeis 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.