Gutzon Borglum, the man behind the iconic granite celebration of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt, also played a vital role in re-establishing the Klan in the 1920s
We Had a Chance With Emancipation, but the United States Quickly Failed the Black Men and Women It Freed
For a brief moment, it seemed as though freedmen could be provided with a true path to success. Then Abraham Lincoln was killed, the military stopped providing protection and the racists started calling the shots
We need a day of remembrance for what Black people have endured to become Americans — and what we continue to endure
Today, they’re either tourist traps or the backdrop for weddings. But like Auschwitz and the sites of other concentration camps in Europe, they need to serve a much bigger purpose — making sure that America never forgets the horror of slavery.