Among those selected to receive the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship are people primarily known for their work in critical race theory, internet activism, and the promotion of social and racial equality values.
A painting depicting Francis Scott Key aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant viewing Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on Sept. 14, 1814. Ed Vebell/Getty ImagesThe history wars – the battle over how we teach our country’s past – are raging. The United States is confronting the legacies...
Key’s complicated legacy
Like his idol Thomas Jefferson, Key – the man who wrote about the “land of the free” – was a slaveholder who opposed slavery in principle. He even viewed himself as an anti-slavery reformer.
But he also couldn’t fathom the idea of abolition. And the arc of his career as a Washington-area attorney reflects just how ingrained slavery was in early American life.
Bennett Parten, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Yale University
The exhibit is part on an expanded museum created by the Equal Justice Initiative that focuses on the legacy of slavery in America. The expanded Legacy Museum — a companion to the group’s well-known memorial to lynching victims — opens Friday and takes visitors on a journey through the origins...
This August 2021 photo provided by the Equal Justice Initiative/Human Pictures shows an exhibit about the people killed on the journey from Africa to slave ports in America at the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala. The display is part on an expanded museum created by the Equal Justice Initiative that focuses on the legacy of slavery in America. (Equal Justice Initiative/Human Pictures)
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