Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

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12/12/2020
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Remember the Ladies: Linda Brent

After being overshadowed by the Civil War, the novel was rediscovered in the late 20th century, when there was new interest in minority and women writers. One scholar researched the novel, identifying Harriet Jacobs as the author and documenting many events and people in her life that corresponded to this fictionalized, autobiographical account. The novel has been the subject of many academic studies, as Jacobs challenged prevailing ideas about slavery and womanhood in her work. Continue reading

20/02/2014
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Remember the Ladies: Angelina Grimké

Drawing her views from natural rights theory (famously set forth in the Declaration of Independence), the Constitution, and from Christian beliefs in the Bible, as well has her own experience of slavery and racism in the South, she argued for the injustice of denying freedom to any man or woman, and was particularly eloquent on the problem of racial prejudice. When challenged for speaking in public to mixed audiences of men and women in 1837, she, joined by her sister Sarah, fiercely defended women’s right to make speeches and more generally be fully political beings. Continue reading

14/07/2009
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Animal Welfare Reform: Total Denial, One Step at a Time

Discussions about terms such as ‘cage-free’, ‘free-range’ and ‘humanely-raised’ have come to dominate the debate around ethical food options. Labels such as these go a long way toward winning consumer confidence, especially when the claims are backed by well-known animal advocacy organizations such as HSUS and PETA. What further evidence that products are animal friendly could the ‘conscientious consumer’ ask for than the stamp of approval of the world’s biggest ‘animal protection’ groups? Continue reading

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