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Dr. Martin R. Delaney's Response to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act

This is his personal response to the newly enacted Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

He is addressing the then mayor of Pittsburgh, PA:

"Honorable Mayor, whatever ideas of liberty I may have, have been received from reading the lives of your revolutionary fathers. I have therein learned that a man has a right to defend his castle with his life, even unto the taking of life. Sir, my house is my castle; in that castle are none but my wife and my children, as free as the angels of heavens, and whose liberty is as sacred, as the pillars of God.

If any man approaches that house in search of a slave, I care not who he may be, whether constable, or sheriff, magistrate or even judge of the Supreme Court, nay, let it be he who sanctioned this act to become a law. (President Millard Fillmore) surrounded by his cabinet as his bodyguard, with the Declaration of Independence waving above his head as his banner, and the constitution of his country upon his breast as his shield, if he crosses the threshold of my door, and I do not lay him a lifeless corpse at my feet, I hope the grave may refuse my body a resting place, and righteous Heaven my spirit a home. O, no! He cannot enter that house and we both live."

Quote from Veteran Activist Harvard Biologist Richard Levins--

1) We approach all questions of analysis from the vantage point of the producers, the oppressed, the excluded.

2) No matter how small the problem we consider, we always ask, how does the rest of the world fit in?
3) Things are the way they are because they got that way, were not always that way, need not be that way for ever.
4) If a question can receive two equally convincing and incompatible answers, the question was badly posed.
 5) When two truly just, liberating causes conflict they are both asking for too little.
6) All theories are wrong that promote, justify, or ignore injustice.
7) All the tools we invent to study the world can also be turned to examine ourselves.
Marx and Engels stressed "scientific" socialism as starting from an analysis of the world as it was developing, against utopian socialism that started with our wishes, usually the inverse of our most deeply felt and perceived  misery.
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A Brief Bio of S. E. Anderson

S. E. Anderson is an activist-teacher-writer native of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy. He has recently taught at NYU’s Gallatin School. He was for five years, the Education Director at Medgar Evers College’s Center for Law & Social Justice.

S. E. Anderson was one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party as well as an activist within the Student Nonviolent Committee (SNCC) and the Black Arts Movement of the Sixties. He became one of the first Black Studies directors in 1969 when he was hired to chair Sarah Lawrence College’s Black Studies program. He has been an activist since the 1960's within various organizations and struggles. S. E. Anderson was also a founding member of the Black Student Congress, African Heritage Studies Association, African Liberation Support Committee, The Black New York Action Committee, Black Liberation Press, The New York Algebra Project.
He is currently active with Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence (BNYEE), the Independent Commission on Public Education in NYC (ICOPE), The National Black Education Agenda (NBEA), The Coalition for Public Education (CPE-CEP) and The Black Left Unity Network. He is a founding Board of Trustees member of The Malcolm X Museum, and was -for several years- a member of the Board of Directors of the now closed Brecht Forum.

S. E. Anderson has taught mathematics, science and Black History courses at Queens College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY at Old Westbury College, Rutgers University and the New School University as well as CCNY & Queens Colleges’ Centers for Worker Ed. He has also spent many years working within the anti-apartheid movement and for various African Liberation struggles. He is currently doing national and international education consulting work with a particular focus on developing Africa Diaspora’s Math and Science curriculum. He is also a math/science/Black History consultant within the African American education community from public schools to the university.

He has lectured widely throughout the US, the Caribbean and Africa on topics ranging from African and African American History to Science & Technology and its role in Africa and the Caribbean.

S. E. Anderson has written not only The Black Holocaust for Beginners (, but also co-authored with the late French Physicist, Maurice Bazin, a two volume work entitled The Third World Confronts Science & Technology (Livros Horizonte- Portugal, 1976) and, with Tony Medina, edited the award winning In Defense of Mumia (Writers & Readers). He has written numerous essays on the Black Liberation Movement as well as on math and science and technology as they relate to the Black Liberation struggle. He has also co-edited and self-published with Ted Wilson and the late Louis Rivera a tribute to Amiri Baraka: Let Loose On The World.

He is currently editing The Reparations Now! Reader and is writing for Writers & Readers two more For Beginners Books: Slavery For Beginners and Race For Beginners.

S. E. Anderson lives in Bed-Stuy with his writer-activist wife, Rosemari Mealy. They have two sons, Marc & Dedan and two granddaughters, Nandi and Amari.

He can be reached at <>. Visit his blog:


Mumia Abu Jamal reviews "The Black
Holocaust For Beginners"

Mumia Abu Jamal is a Black Political Prisoner on Pennsylvania's DeathRow since 1982. In spite of being under the harsh deathrow conditions, Brotha Mumia is able to get out four books and weekly commentaries both in writing and audio for radio (go to: for info on when his commentaries get aired).

The Black Holocaust for Beginners
, by Sam E. Anderson: Unlike Addicted to War, Anderson's The Black Holocaust is not a comic book. It is heavily, and expertly illustrated, yet what drives the book is the text, as raw as new wounds on the skin of the psyche. It is a brilliant telling of, not just the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but the equally monstrous Arab slave trade along the eastern shores of Africa, which lasted some 600 years longer, and lasts up until our age. It is written in matter-of-fact style, straight forward; a chilling portrayal of foreign rapes and exploitation of Africa. It shows that the trade in human bondage was a global process, which involved and impacted millions of people. It uses both classical texts (like Cheikh Anta Diop's Civilization or Barbarism ) and numerous records from the period to give the speech, and flavor of the times to illustrate how economic, political, and social forces converged to justify slavery, and exploit the labor of millions. It's not 'fun' (it's not supposed to be), but it is informative. It really is the roots of America and much of the West.

The Black Holocaust for Beginners Is Available Everywhere


For those of you who are looking for my book- The Black Holocaust for Beginners -it is still available either online or in local bookstores across the US. Since the 2001 death of the Brother publisher, Glen Thompson, Writers and Readers has morphed into another publishing house and has another distributor.
Please check into: for any inquiries and orders.

I am available for various kinds of discussions and presentations around the book: classes, seminars, workshops, lectures. It can be in community organizations, activist groups, book clubs, spiritual centers and classrooms from Kindergarten all the way thru Graduate School.

Just email me here-

In Struggle,

Sam Anderson

Here are a few responses to the book from the African American Literary Book Club <>

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The single-most impacting book of Black history I've read.
I've been reading everything "black" I could get my hands on since I started my awakening. I stumbled upon the Holocaust book in a small bookstore in Albuquerque, NM and had it read by that afternoon; I couldn't put it down. I was so impacted upon by the pictures, particularly of Sister Translator hanging from her tongue because she could speak to many and because she dared to strike a white man. It was so very interesting to learn about the Arab slave trade, especially the current state of affairs regarding slavery in Mauritania and the Sudan. Of great interest to me was the numbers Mr. Anderson cites. My husband, who is also a Black activist, has said for year he felt there were 100-150 million involved; it's easy to see there were really more than that. I applaud Mr. Anderson's bravery in writing a book about things no one wants to hear. I was moved to tears. Thank you, Mr. Anderson and may the Lord of your Fathers richly bless your life for your contribution to the cause.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - There may be more scholarly treatments...
There may be more scholarly treatments but the impact that this little book gives the reader makes it one of the most important books you can buy. Don't wait for the professor to assign it. Whatever your heritage/ancestry is, these are pages that you have to read for yourself. You REALLY don't know much until you do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A Must Have
I bought this book based on the previous reviews and its better than I expected. The illustrations and graphics are excellent!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - An Absolute Must Read
The book is part of an ongoing series that explores individuals and topics that unfortunately receive little or incorrect coverage by "mainstream" historians/books.

This nation has never faced the fact that its economy was built by the slave trade. Equally, many of the so-called heroes of the nation were the ones who pushed hard to continue or expand the buying and selling of humans. And the ramifications still reverberate today in the society.

The book brilliantly uses text and drawings to vividly bring the facts surrounding slavery to life. You will be equally touched and angered about the blood and chains & what must be seen for what it was - the planned extermination of a race of people solely to build a nation.

Critics will say that the book rewrites history. Yes it does. It places the sordid times in its proper context.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Black African slavery did not begin with the Atlantic trade
Anderson and Holley rightly tackle a topic that deserves study, however, they de-emphasize the well-developed Islamic slave trade that kidnapped more than 11 million Black Africans from their homes between 700 to 1900. This slave trade began centuries before the Atlantic trade and continued for centuries after. Islamic scripture fully embraces the institution of human slavery. Mohammed left many instructions to slaveowners. This express endorsement of human slavery by Mohammed accounts for the fact that human slavery was not abolished in Saudi Arabia until 1964 and not until 1968 in Kuwait. Islamic slavery was no less brutal than the Atlantic variety. Males slaves were routinely castrated and forced into military service.Female slaves become sexual servants whose children were not their own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Truth In Your face
This is excellent literature, with extremely vivid graphics! Texts such as this should be written more often, as it is a well researched source of Black History.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - For library black studies and American history collection
The systematic exploitation, enslavement and extermination of Africans in the Western Hemisphere dates from the start of the European slave trade around 1500 BCE to the conclusion of the American Civil War in 1865. The Black Holocaust killed millions of African human beings and is (because of the social prejudice and dehumanization necessary to justify slavery) the most under-reported event in western history. The Black Holocaust For Beginners is an ideal introduction to this incredible human chronicle of suffering and is a "must" for every school and community library black studies and American history collection.
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