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The two most ruthless domestic slave traders in America had a secret language for their business.
Slave trading was a “game.” The men, Isaac Franklin and John Armfield, were daring “pirates” or “one-eyed men,” a euphemism for their penises. The women they bought and sold were “fancy maids,” a term signifying youth, beauty and potential for sexual exploitation — by buyers or the traders themselves.
Rapes happened often.
Franklin and Armfield sold more enslaved people, separated more families and made more money from the trade than almost anyone else in America. Between the 1820s and 1830s, the two men reigned as the “undisputed tycoons” of the domestic slave trade, as Smithsonian Magazine put it.
When the men retired, they passed easily into elite white society, achieving respectable dotage without a murmur. History, too, has largely “let them off scot-free,” said Calvin Schermerhorn, a professor of history at Arizona State University. Few, if any, American high school or college students ever learn about the duo.
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Hong Kong's subway system — spotless, efficient, cheap to ride — has been a source of civic pride since it began operating four decades ago, and it is often held up as a benchmark for public transportation everywhere.
When unrest began to grip the city early this summer, the Mass Transit Railway took on a different role. It carried protesters to demonstration venues, allowing them to leave the scene or shuttle between rallies in minutes.
The spectacle of strangers clapping and cheering aboard trains and leading each other in chants replaced the usual sight of commuters hypnotized by their cellphones.
But as police crack down harder on dissent, station ticket halls and platforms are becoming battlegrounds, strewn with debris, tear-gas canisters and blood as officers clash violently with demonstrators.
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Boy Scout leaders across the country are trying to safeguard the future of an organization facing unprecedented threats from several corners. Looming over the Boy Scouts are lawsuits that threaten to tarnish its image, reports of a potential bankruptcy and a struggle to define what it means to be a Scout today. As troops are ramping up for a new school year, leaders are tasked with convincing parents and youths that, in 2019, it is still worthwhile to be a Boy Scout. In a tumultuous time for the Boy Scouts of America, does the organization have a future? Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @king_marvino/The Washington Post)
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Breaking news: Actress Felicity Huffman on Friday was sentenced to a 14-day jail sentence in the college admission scandal. The actress, who starred in the television series “Desperate Housewives,” had pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy after paying $15,000 to help one of her daughters obtain a fake SAT score. On Friday, she became the first to be sentenced among 15 wealthy parents who have admitted guilt in the admissions bribery and cheating scam known as Varsity Blues. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.
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Julián Castro said Joe Biden forgot his own health care position during Thursday night's debate. It turns out on the substance of the question, Castro was wrong.
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Brooke Skylar Richardson, a former high school cheerleader, was accused of killing her newborn two days after her prom in May 2017. The lurid details of the case — including ultimately-recanted allegations that Richardson burned the baby’s corpse before burying it in the backyard of her parents’ house — drew national headlines and intense speculation. Defense attorneys insisted the baby Richardson named Annabelle was stillborn. But on Thursday she was found not guilty of aggravated murder or involuntary manslaughter. Though jurors found Richardson, now 20, guilty of gross abuse of a corpse, she’s not expected to serve any time behind bars. Her lawyers said she plans to continue school. If she’d been convicted of aggravated murder, she could have faced life in prison. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.
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Via @coveringpotus: President Trump spoke in Baltimore Thursday, and was met with scores of protesters who gathered to express opposition to White House policies and outrage at Trump’s recent tweets calling the city “the Worst in the USA.” Trump in July maligned Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live." In a small park a few blocks away from where the president was meeting with Republican leaders Thursday, more than 100 protesters strongly embraced the rat motif. Signs likened the president and the GOP to rodents, and people donned masks, petted stuffed vermin, or wore them on their heads. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @king_marvino/The Washington Post)
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Ten presidential candidates squared off in the third Democratic debate in Houston on Thursday. Late-night hosts had a lot to say.
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Welcome to Paris, a city that mixes beauty and chaos, making it one of the most charming in the world. For a local's guide to the city, follow our new travel destination @bytheway. (Photo by @cyril_marcilhacy for The Post)
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A Post analysis found that the number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has nearly doubled over the past quarter century — a little-noticed surge that reflects the nation’s shifting demographics. But at the same time, children in most big cities and many suburbs remain locked in deeply segregated districts, with black students more likely to be enrolled in segregated districts than Hispanics or whites. The findings reflect profound demographic change, as Latinos move into small towns and suburbs that once were overwhelmingly white. These places, The Post found, are far more likely to have schools that mirror the new diversity of their communities than their big-city counterparts, which have long been home to a diverse population but have run schools that are profoundly segregated. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Nick Cote for The Post)
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As part of an art exhibition in Venice, Hillary Clinton sat at a mock resolute desk earlier this week and read the emails she sent from a private server that became a target of Republicans and President Trump. The exhibit purports to make public “for the first time in printed format all the e-mails which, according to WikiLeaks, were sent from the domain clintonemail.com between 2009 and 2013” while Clinton was secretary of state. “The pile of papers is rather unimpressive, rebutting Trump’s efforts to make them monumental,” according to promotional materials for the exhibit. Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state became the focus of an FBI investigation that played out during her 2016 campaign against Trump. The agency did not recommend criminal charges against Clinton, but she was rebuked by then-FBI Director James B. Comey for being “extremely careless.” (Via Giuseppe Cordioli/Storyful)
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In 2010, Patricia Spottedcrow was caught selling $31 worth of marijuana to a police informant after financial troubles caused her to lose her home. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison. It was her first-ever offense, and the lengthy sentence drew national attention, sparking a movement that led to her early release. But once she was home free, Spottedcrow still owed thousands in court fees. On Monday, nearly a decade after her initial arrest, the 34-year-old was arrested again on a warrant that required her to stay in jail until she could come up with $1,139.90 in overdue fees, which she didn’t have. She had no idea when she would see her kids again. By Wednesday, seven anonymous supporters had covered not just the $1,139.90 that she needed to get out of jail, but her entire $3,569.76 outstanding balance. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.