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Monday, December 06, 2004 

One step forward

Today is the one-hundred and thirty-ninth anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution by the state of Georgia. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America: 1860-1880 ought to be compulsory reading for any leftist who is the least bit squeamish when the subject of state power (read:dictatorship) comes up.

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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