January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. [Written on the back of this 1860s photograph] : "...Oh, let me live in Freedom's Land, or die if still a slave....". SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900
Most Extreme Cultural Body Modifications - The Kayan women of Northern Thailand are known for the exquisite and incredible brass coils they wear around their necks. They are often called the "long necks" or the "giraffe women" by outsiders and can wear up to 25 coils, which many never take off.
Equal Justice Initiative -- history of racial injustice highlight | CONVICT LEASING Black orphaned children and juvenile offenders could be bought to serve as laborers for white planters in many Southern states from 1865 until the 1940s. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D428-850)
The site where the bodies of nearly 800 babies lies was the site of a Catholic religious community run by the Sisters of Bon Secours. The Church said the girls were 'fallen women' and degenerates. Their crime had to be hidden, their babies delivered in secret behind high walls, and their children taken away.
An American Concentration Camp This is in AMERICA. During the Civil War, "Camp Sumter" as it was officially known was built east of Andersonville in February of 1864 & received roughly 45,000 Union prisoners. Nearly 13,000 soldiers died. (I had heard 'Camp Sumter' mentioned in movies but never knew this is what it was. There were 'camps' like this in the north also.) kn