Posted inArts and Culture

SJC taking up challenge to Harvard’s ownership of slave photos

IN 1850, Harvard professor Louis Agassiz selected seven slaves on a South Carolina plantation to be photographed nude, as part of his attempt to prove the theory of “polygenism.” The theory was that Whites and Blacks were parts of different species, and Whites were inherently superior.  Today, no one disputes that Agassiz’s theory was wrong […]

Posted inOpinion

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

IN A LOCAL TV news station poll this month, more than 90 percent of viewers opposed renaming Faneuil Hall, an iconic civic edifice in Boston which has been a magnet for tourist and elementary school day-trippers. Yet, all across the nation, large cities and small municipalities are taking sure-footed measures toward removing or renaming monuments, […]