Category Slavery

Reconsideration of Dred Scott v. Sandford

This is a really good discussion of the Dred Scott case. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presides along with nine appeals court judges to hear testimony on the Dred Scott case and to cross examine the witnesses. Professors Paul Finkelman and Akhil Reed Amar are among the witnesses who testify. I thought John Stauffer was […]

Episode 142: Manisha Sinha, A History of Abolition

Here’s Manisha Sinha appearing on Liz Covart’s podcast, “Ben Franklin’s World” discussing her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. This is an excellent discussion. Things we learn in this podcast include: The history of American abolitionism Exploring abolitionism as a social movement The origins of abolitionism Early African abolitionists Circulation of early anti-slavery tracts […]

The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont: Harvey Whitfield

Harvey Amani Whitfield is a history professor at the University of Vermont who’s done in-depth research on how slavery in Vermont illegally existed after its constitution forbade it and how it took decades to eradicate it from the state. This is a pretty good lecture showing slavery was a very resilient institution that could not […]

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 016: Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Here’s historian Alan Taylor appearing on Liz Covart’s excellent podcast, “Ben Franklin’s World.” He’s talking about slavery in Virginia in the Revolution and the War of 1812. We’ll learn these things from the podcast: How Alan came to investigate slavery and war in Virginia The resettlement of African American refugees in Nova Scotia after the […]

Civil War and Emancipation Policy

In this class from the course on the Civil War and Reconstruction, Georgetown University history professor Brian Taylor discusses how the Union’s emancipation policy came about during the war. The video’s description reads, “Professor Brian Taylor talked about the military strategy and political policy goals of emancipation during the Civil War. He spoke about how […]

Lincoln, Slavery, and the Dred Scott Case

Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College conducting a class in his course on the Civil War Era. In this class he introduces Abraham Lincoln and discusses Lincoln’s views on slavery and the infamous Dred Scott Supreme Court decision. The video’s description tells us, “Professor Allen Guelzo talked about Abraham Lincoln, his views on […]


If you have never been taught about or read about the Triangle Trade, if you never knew all the original 13 colonies had slavery, if you didn’t know Democrats, even in the North, generally supported the right of slave states to have slavery, or if you didn’t know there is a difference between being antislavery […]