October 11, 2012 |
"Cloud Atlas," based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, tells six nested stories spanning several hundred years and three continents. Cast members including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent play multiple interconnected roles across the centuries. 1. In 1849 in the remote South Pacific, where the slave trade is flourishing, Dr. Goose (Hanks) administers medicine of dubious value to naive traveler Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess). Ewing's peculiar connection to a slave creates trouble aboard their ship.
July 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For genealogists, President Obama's family tree is the gift that keeps on giving. There was Dick Cheney, Warren Buffett and Sarah Palin. On Monday, genealogists added another notable figure to Obama's unlikely list of relatives: John Punch, a Virginia slave who some historians consider the first African enslaved in the colonies. The connection to Punch, an indentured servant forced into slavery in 1640, comes from Obama's mother's side of the family, said Joseph Shumway, a genealogist with Ancestry.com, the website that has been researching the president's family tree for years.
February 5, 2012 |
"I have no color on the brain; all I have on the brain is paint. " — Robert Duncanson Young Robert Duncanson dipped the paint brush into the paint pot and carefully outlined the wood window frame of his customer's house near Cincinnati. He was tired. It was a hot day. And, most importantly, he was tired of painting houses. "What I really want to paint are beautiful places," he said aloud. Almost everywhere he looked he saw pictures. In the fields and the trees, in the hills and the rivers.
August 25, 2009 |
The dawn rose over lushly carpeted mountains and broke gently along the miles of powdery white beach in the village improbably named River No. 2. It was Sunday and, for most of Sierra Leone, a day of rest. But for this community, it was a workday -- the busiest of the week. Patrick Bendu met the fishing boats that bobbed in the Atlantic surf. A chef and a tough bargainer, he selected two handsome, silvery barracuda, each measuring more than 4 feet long, and handed over 160,000 leones, about $50. A fire was being stoked to cook the fish for the visitors who would soon arrive, having decamped from the urban cacophony of Freetown, a rugged hour's drive away.
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June 22, 2009 |
Philip D. Curtin, a historian of the African slave trade who after World War II was a leading figure in reviving the neglected field of African history, has died. He was 87. Curtin, who was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant in 1983, died June 4 of pneumonia at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa.
February 9, 2009 |
If a 10-year-old boy in Benin, in West Africa, wants to describe someone he doesn't trust, he's likely to use one of these two roughly translated phrases: "He will sell you and enjoy it" or "He can make you disappear." Such phrases are not uncommon in the languages of West Africa, which for four centuries was the epicenter of the continent's slave trade, and their presence in contemporary speech poignantly suggests that slavery's legacy lingers on in profound ways.