Monday, December 31, 2007

Slavery remembered (?)

Eric Foner, professor of history at Columbia University, writes in today’s New York Times:
We Americans live in a society awash in historical celebrations. The last few years have witnessed commemorations of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase (2003) and the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II (2005). Looming on the horizon are the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (2009) and the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the Civil War (2011). But one significant milestone has gone strangely unnoticed: the 200th anniversary of Jan. 1, 1808, when the importation of slaves into the United States was prohibited.

We at Albany Catholic were surprised to learn this interesting fact. We suggest you read the entire article to learn more.