Category: Gender

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George Caleb Bingham and The Verdict of the People

Trigger warning: This article contains details of lynchings and other graphic violence necessary in maintaining slavering. This article is written in response to the petition attempting to halt the St. Louis Art Museum from loaning The Verdict of the People to Donald Trump’s inaugural luncheon. The petition reads, “George Caleb Bingham’s 1855 painting ‘Verdict of
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Edwardsville, Illinois, September 30, 1897

The following is a Post-Dispatch article from September 30, 1897. The year saw a wave of strikes in the mines of Illinois. This article recounts one of many instances of strikers and their families confronting scabs and police, as well as miners from other towns coming to join the picket line. This confrontation took place
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St. Louis 1897: Emma Goldman Post-Dispatch Interview

The following is a reprint of the 1897 Post-Dispatch interview with 28-year-old anarchist, Emma Goldman. We trust you’ll be able to discern for yourself what of her words are a bit silly today and which ring true 118 years later. WHAT IS THERE IN ANARCHY FOR WOMAN? “What does anarchy hold out to me–a woman?”
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Lewis County, Missouri 1850: Slave Uprising

Late one night, members of the McCutchan Family awoke to the sound of passing wagons and oxen. John McCutchan went to his window and saw the wagons parking in a field next to his house. Shortly afterward, he heard the hushed voices of his slaves in their nearby room. Suspecting trouble, John woke his family,
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Mother Baltimore, 1801-1882

Around 1829, 11 families lead by Mother Baltimore left St. Louis, crossed the Mississippi River, and squatted a patch of land. Some of the families had bought their freedom, others were runaways. They called their settlement Freedom Village. The area they lived, the American Bottoms, was rich with fertile soil, trees, wildlife and fish, and
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