Rethinking Audubon’s Legacy

This sensitive and honest article takes a look at the life of John James Audubon, and the way he related to Native Americans and African Americans. He apparently had slaves, and was a supporter of the practice of slavery. In so many ways his work was benefitted and made possible by people of color as well. I enjoyed this close and fact-based analysis by one of his biographer’s, and highly recommend reading the article. Audubon made tremendous contributions to the art and environmental/bird watching communities. It’s also important to see how the roots of slavery and racism have touched so many institutions and aspects of American lives, including the Audubon Society, from hundreds of years ago.

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