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“Jezebel” and Solomon: Why Patsey Is the Hero of “12 Years a Slave”

News : The New Yorker: News

In the 1938 movie “Jezebel,” Julie Marsden, played by Bette Davis, comes out on the porch at her plantation, Halcyon. It is Louisiana, 1853, and she has told her slaves to come sing for her party. They are gathered, swaying, when sh...

Podcast: Go See 12 Years a Slave, All is Lost, and Avoid CBGB

Lifestyle / Fashion : The Style Council

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson disagree on Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave -- a beautifully shot fil...

Activists Re-Launch Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law (Guest Voice)

Politics / US Politics : The Moderate Voice

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve run Guest Voice columns here on TMV by Zack Kopplin HERE and HERE. Here’s his latest project: Activists Re-Launch Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law Since 2008, the Louisiana Science Education Act Ha...

Like Slavery, Abortion Gives One Person “Ownership” of Another

Issues & Causes / Pro Life :

Last week I finally got to watch the acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, which tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. It’s a harrowing and unfli...

Colonial Louisiana records shed new light on US history

Arts : Artdaily

NEW ORLEANS (AP).- A marathon project is under way in New Orleans to digitize thousands of time-worn 18th-century French and Spanish legal papers that historians say give the first historical accounts of slaves and free blacks in No...


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