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La Oscuridad: Revealing the History of Blackness in Spain and its Impact on Modern-Day Spaniards and Black Migrants

By Chasia JeffriesEdited by Iman Iftikhar '23 and Endure McTier '22 IntroductionAfrican people were some of the first occupants of the land we currently understand to be the country of Spain; they even occupied and ruled the country for centuries. However, when one looks at the current condition of the country, this historical past is...

“Sole and Separate Use”: Marriage Settlements, White Women & Enslaved People in Antebellum Virginia

By Zarina ImanEdited by Lizzie Bjork '21 and Zahra Yarali '24 Often mentioned in current popular culture, prenuptial agreements may seem a modern construction, but in fact, they have long existed in American society. Before and after the Revolutionary War, much of the American South operated under the English common law system. As such, Virginians...

Self-Consciousness, Lordship, and Labor

By Aidan Campbell '22Edited by Isabella Smeets '24 and Grace Blaxill '23 In “Lordship and Bondage,” Hegel explores the development of self-consciousness under the ideal circumstances, in an unequal environment, and finally through the activity of labor. Hegel believes that self-consciousness is a social act brought about by a process of mutual recognition. Based on...

Cordelia: The Power of Language

By Freya Savla '22Edited by Katie Painter '23 and Rosemary Chen '24 Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear ends with a stark grimness that propels an unsparing conclusion, taking not only the audience, but also the characters of the play by surprise. The deaths of Gloucester, Edmund, Regan, the Fool, King Lear and Cordelia,...

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