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Jeremiah Hamilton: Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

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by Shane White Jeremiah Hamilton: Prince of Darkness At a little after ten o’clock on Tuesday evening, July 14, 1863, the second day of the New York Draft Riots, a mob marched down East 29th Street chanting menacingly “68, 68,

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New York’s First Black Firefighters

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By Ginger Adams Otis Black Firefighters It’s no secret that FDNY firefighters are among the best in the world, but here’s a little-known fact about New York’s Bravest: a black woman was among the city’s earliest black firefighters. Her name

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Shedding the Mythology of the Good Slaveholder

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By Chris Tomlinson Tomlinson Hill is the stunning story of two families—one white, one black—who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name. My grandfather used to tell me that our family had owned slaves before the Civil

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