| Dec 27, 2013
| 11:17 AM
A minor anniversary passed without notice a week ago. It was on December 20, 2005, that the first You Don't Say post was published.
Some of you have been on hand for the full eight years, showing a remarkable tolerance for the number of times I...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 2:00 AM
The Civil War casts a long shadow.
In the first year of that wrenching conflict, Maryland's lawmakers voted unanimously for a constitutional amendment to bar the federal government from abolishing slavery. Now, more than 150 years later, some...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business.
On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:08 AM
When the Irish-born novelist Colum McCann sits before a blank page, he launches himself into a vast, empty space. He's surrounded by fog on all sides, so he can't tell if his vehicle is right side up or upside down. The craft he's maneuvering is clunky,...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Revered as a "gentleman in the finest sense of the word, remarkable convert-maker and a friend of the benighted," the Rev. Vincent Warren drove into rural Virginia one September night to share the word of God. He had no idea of what awaited.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson's equating of the Affordable Care Act with slavery shows that expertise in one area does not necessarily carry over to other fields ("Sorry, Dr. Carson, but Obamacare is not like slavery," Oct. 15).
| Oct 24, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Given the despair I felt at reading the recent letters to the editor from Michael W. Kohlman ("If Drs. Ben Carson and Andy Harris oppose Obamacare, how great can it be?and Benedict Frederick Jr. ("Obamacare-slavery comparison isn't so ridiculous," Oct....
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:24 AM
One of the most memorable scenes in the film "12 Years a Slave" is a long close-up of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's eyes, wide with amazement as his character regains his freedom after enduring the brutal bonds of slavery on Louisiana plantations.
It is a...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 3:29 PM
On a Civil War battlefield where tens of thousands of men clashed fifteen decades ago, eight Ku Klux Klan members unfurled their group's banner Saturday afternoon and called for a new uprising to oust President Barack Obama.
The Klansmen — who...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:14 AM
The suicide of former school bus driver and Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro comes with mixed sentiments, but it serves as a reminder that many other predators like him still live and work among us.
People across America can no longer claim, "It doesn't...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Ronald S. Coddington, an author and editor, has spent nearly four decades collecting Civil War-era images — especially cartes de visite, his favorite.
Out of a collection of 2,500 images he has assembled, 1,500 are cartes de visite, with the...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 5:33 PM
The annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival will not go on as scheduled this month after organizers said they could not raise enough money to hold it.
The Annapolis festival has celebrated African-American history and honored the legacy of slave Kunta...