from The Great Debate:

A son of the South shuns the flag

By Edward Ball
June 24, 2015

Confederate battle flag flies at the grave of Lewis Frederick Sweat, a soldier in the Confederate States Army in the U.S. Civil War, in Boone Hill Cemetery in Summerville

A Confederate battle flag at the grave of Lewis Frederick Sweat, a soldier in the Confederate States Army, in Boone Hill Cemetery in Summerville, South Carolina, June 22, 2015, REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

150 years after the assassination, when will we recover from Lincoln’s death?

By James Braxton Peterson
April 14, 2015

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley

from The Great Debate:

What makes Abraham Lincoln such a radical politician even today?

By David Bromwich
April 14, 2015

Wider Image: Memories of Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln in a portrait taken in Washington, February 9, 1864. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Anthony Berger

from The Great Debate:

Meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, a savior to children

By Monique Villa
October 10, 2014

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It is thanks to Kailash Satyarthi that thousands of children have been saved from a life of slavery and agony in India. It is thanks to his organization, BBA -- the ‘Save the Childhood Movement’ -- that these children can regain trust in other human beings, the vital ingredient of life.

from The Great Debate:

‘Living wage’ law is unconstitutional – if you ask lobbyists

By Ron Fein
October 6, 2014

Demonstrators rally to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers at City Hall in Seattle

Industry trade groups are now challenging Seattle’s new minimum wage law as unconstitutional. They claim the city’s $15 an hour rate violates the 14th Amendment. Passed just after the Civil War to ensure equal rights for the newly freed slaves, that amendment says no state may “deny to any person . . . the equal protection of the laws.”

from The Great Debate:

Cliven Bundy: Racism entwined with government antipathy

By Bill Schneider
April 28, 2014

Conservatives would like us to believe that hatred of government and racism are totally separate phenomena. That one has nothing to do with the other. They're wrong.

from The Human Impact:

Transporting bras to help sex-trafficking survivors

February 15, 2013

A cast-off bra can do more to change the world than you might think.

CNN Freedom Project, which shines the spotlight on the perils of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, aims to show us how in a 30-minute documentary airing on Feb. 15, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. EST on the CNN television network.

from The Human Impact:

Dial-a-maid, get-a-slave in middle class India

December 4, 2012

When I arrived in India some years back as a single mother and full-time journalist, there was one thing I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about – finding domestic help.

from The Human Impact:

Slavery beyond the sex trade

November 28, 2012

In Haiti, it's the little girl who is kept home from school and forced to clean her sister's house or else be beaten with electric cables.

from Tales from the Trail:

U.S. Senate approves resolution apologizing for slavery

June 18, 2009

The U.S. Senate approved a resolution on Thursday apologizing for slavery and segregation of African-Americans, almost five months after Barack Obama was sworn in as the first black U.S. president.