This slave manifest for the brig Orleans, which includes Solomon Northup listed as Plat Hamilton on line 33, is now on display at the National Archives.
In 1841, Solomon Northup, a free-born African American from New York, was kidnapped by two white men and enslaved for 12 years in the deep South before he could prove his legal right to freedom. He later wrote about his ordeal in his book “12 Years A Slave” which was made into a movie.
Abducting free blacks for sale into slavery was outlawed in most of the United States. However uneven law enforcement, the marginal rights of free blacks, and mounting demand for slaves after the end of the transatlantic slave trade made kidnapping an attractive and potentially profitable prospect that encouraged the creation of a reverse underground railroad.
Kidnappers gave their victims aliases to hide their true identities. Northup recounted that he first heard the name he would be known by as a slave, “Plat Hamilton,” in New Orleans when it was called from this slave manifest (line 33) for the brig Orleans. Victims who insisted that they were free often faced severe beatings or even death. Northup accepted his identity as “Plat” because “[He] was too costly a chattel to be lost … [and] knew well enough the slightest knowledge of [his] real character would consign [him] at once to the remotest depths of Slavery.”
Vera Williams, a direct descendent of Solomon Northup works at the National Archives. You can read her personal story or learn how she walked in the footsteps of her great-great-great-grandfather.
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“…then what’s the flavor of the sunday preacher’s pedophilia?”
Common - Made In Black America (ft. Ab-Soul)
When it comes to intelligent, untethered lyricism very few are on Common and Ab-Soul’s level, which is one of the reasons why this song that dropped only a few hours ago goes so hard. Made In Black America is their first collab and is produced by Common’s legendary long-time production partner No I.D., so I would expect nothing less than quality with these three phenomenal artists all on the same song. The rigid riff instrumental acts as a perfect backdrop for both MCs to lay down some extremely compelling bars.
Common is releasing his tenth studio album Nobody Smiling sometime this year, and No I.D. is the sole producer for the entire project. The album title Nobody Smiling is derived from Common’s sentiments towards the horrendous gun violence in his home city of Chicago, which he has been actively criticizing a lot lately.
"Made in Black America, takin’ threats from a terrorist. We will never meet but the media feed hysteria, and I be inferior, if I be in fear of ya. More godly than gluttonous, but my supper’s superior. You know the difference ‘tween the kids with the lunch tickets and the ones with the money, in the cafeteria."
My Song Rating: 9.0 out of 10
Jimmy and Will Smith take us through the history of hip-hop dances.
Sir - Designated Drive (Prod. By Iman Omari)
Artist: EKON f. GHOST+SOULJA+MAGGIE
Album: Ekon EP: Etrnl Konflict
Label: Underated Records/DMTmusic
Production by: #EramosLibres + #GHOST
1) Eternal Conflict f. Ghost
2) Fork in the Road f. Maggie + Ghost
3) Take Me Back f. Ghost+Soulja Samples
4) Everywhere I Go f. Ghost
5) Scapegoat f. Ghost
6) Far From the Tree f. Soulja+Ghost
7) This World Ain’t Stoppin’ f. Ghost
The Pharcyde - Runnin’ (AbJo Refix)
Shouts to the big homie, AbJo, for this remix.
Where Did We All Come From? Tracing Human Migration Using Genetic Markers
Presented by Professor Moses Schanfield.
Of all species on the face of the earth, humans are the most disperse, in that they occupy the most diverse eco-systems present on all large land masses and most large islands.
In recent time, much work has been done using maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA, and non-recombinant Y (NRY) chromosome markers to map human migration and ancestry. In addition, large numbers of other DNA based markers have been used for similar purposes. However, anthropological geneticists have been looking at human migration and ancestry for as long as there have been genetic markers, starting with the ABO blood groups.
This talk reviews some of the realities and unrealities of ancestry testing, as done by commercial laboratories such as Ancestry.com, as well as the overall patterns of human migration and conclusions that can be made about modern humans in the last 100,000 years.
Professor Schanfield is a world authority on the genetic markers on antibodies, and has applied genetic marker testing, both protein- and DNA-based, to the study of anthropologic and forensic genetics. He was involved in some of the earliest forensic DNA cases, and has been involved in some famous forensic cases including the OJ Simpson case and the JonBenét Ramsey case. Professor Schanfield is a co-editor of the book Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective with Professor Dragan Primorac which will be released in February 2014 by Taylor and Francis. He is currently Professor of Forensic Science and Anthropology at George Washington University.
Professor Schanfield has undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and Harvard University, respectively and a Ph.D in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.
Views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Capital Area Skeptics.
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