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Elizabeth Keckley began working at the White House on 5 March 1861 as the personal dresser and modiste of the First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln.Keckley was born a slave in Virginia, 1818.  She collected... [Item of the Day]
The Dutch colony Curaçao was one of the largest slave depots in the Caribbean, but relatively few slaves remained at the island to work on its plantations. On 17 August 1795 a legendary slave... [Item of the Day]
President Lincoln declared slavery in the Confederate States unlawful on 1 January 1861. Slaves were freed at the stroke of a pen. After the abolition of slavery, most ex-slaves opted for production... [Item of the Day]
On 13 May 1888, Brazil was the last Latin American country to abolish slavery. About 15 percent of the population were slaves. The bakery worker and labour leader Joao de Mattos said: ‘in 1888 we... [Item of the Day]
In the days following 29 November 1781, the crew of the British slave ship "Zong" massacred around 130 enslaved Africans by throwing them into the sea to drown. The slave-trading syndicate had taken... [Item of the Day]
The Klein-Pouderoyen plantation was owned by Dutch nationals, even after 1814, when Guyana became British territory. African slaves cultivated its main product, coffee. After the British prohibited... [Item of the Day]
The Dutch colonies have published newspapers since the 18th century. A fine example is the Surinaamsche Nieuwsvertelder [The Surinam News Reporter] from Paramaribo, Surinam. This paper mainly reports... [Item of the Day]