Up to Date
2:27 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

From Slavery To Higher Ed

James Johnston is the author of From Slave Ship to Harvard.

He had his portrait painted by artist Charles Willson Peale, and he was a literate man—in short, Yarrow Mamout was unusual for an 18th-century slave in America.

On Friday's Up to Date, we look at his legacy over six generations and how his family moved from a life of slavery to producing a Harvard graduate in 1927.


  • James Johnston, author of From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family
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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Looking Back At The Anti-Slavery Movement

American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation

Ask a school kid, and he or she will tell you that slavery in America ended in the mid-1860s. But when did the movement against slavery start?

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Up to Date
10:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

George Washington And His Contradictions

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

George Washington was all about freedom, so why did he own slaves?

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Up to Date
5:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper?

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.

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Up to Date
2:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Once Slaves, Then Slaveholders: 'The Whipping Man'

Kyle Hatley and Michael Genet in "The Whipping Man", on stage at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through April 8, 2012
Don Ipock

It's no coincidence that the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's newest production, The Whipping Man, is on stage around the time of the Jewish festival of Passover.

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Walt Bodine Show
11:53 am
Fri February 17, 2012

KC History: Small-Scale Slavery In Missouri

Louisa and Harry E. Hayward. Circa 1858. Louisa was the slave nurse for Harry, who was seated in her lap. The image suggests the intimate and complicated relations that existed between slaveholding family members and their slaves.
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum Phoographs and Prints Collectiojns, St. Louis.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Monroe Dodd discusses the history of small-scale slavery in Missouri with Diane Mutti Burke.

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11:36 am
Wed January 12, 2011

New Book Examines Slavery in Missouri

Kansas City, MO – The image we have of 19th century slavery often comes from the Deep South, places like Georgia and Mississippi, where rich whites owned huge plantations, kept in business by a large, unpaid labor force of enslaved African Americans. But slavery in Missouri, and some of the other border states, looked very different from that.

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