Category Slavery

Historical Portrayals of Nat Turner

Here’s Professor Kenneth S. Greenberg of Suffolk University giving a fine presentation on how Nat Turner has been portrayed in historical works. The video’s description reads, “Kenneth S. Greenberg talked about historical portrayals of Nat Turner, the African American leader of an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. He spoke about the competing accounts of Turner’s rebellion, […]

Smithsonian.com Flunks American History

The Smithsonian Institute is normally a reputable source for information; however, when they rely on freelance writers for stories, they put their reputation at risk, such as with this story. Freelance journalist Kat Eschner wrote the story. She has a master’s degree in journalism, but from what I can tell no training in history. She […]

Chandra Manning on Troubled Refuge

Here’s Professor Chandra Manning giving a talk based on her book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, which discusses Union refugee camps and the struggles refugees faced. The video’s description reads, ” Chandra Manning talked about her book Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, in which she recalls the Union […]

Osborn v. Nicholson

The citation for this case is 80 US [13 Wall.] 654. Henry T. Osborn was the plaintiff and Young A. G. Nicholson was the defendant. They lived in Arkansas, and Osborn had sold a 23-year-old enslaved man to Nicholson for $1300 and Nicholson had made out a promissory note, dated March 26, 1861. The bill […]

Civil War Talk Radio: The Slaves Cause: A History of Abolition

Here’s Professor Manisha Sinha appearing with Professor Gerry Prokopowicz on Civil War Talk Radio speaking about her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. Professor Sinha gives an overview of the abolition movement and discusses some of the personalities involved. This is another excellent interview.

W.Va.’s Tortuous Road to Emancipation

West Virginia was not allowed to join the Union until it had enacted an emancipation program for the enslaved people within its borders. This article from 2015 by John F. Stealey III, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus of Shepherd University, traces how West Virginia got to that emancipation program. In reading the article, we learn, “When the […]

The Distinction Between Slavery and Race in US History

This article by historian Patrick Rael identifies a crucial distinction we need to understand in studying American history. While related in the Antebellum United States, race and slavery are different. As Dr. Rael explains, in the Antebellum sectional disputes, the basic divide was over slavery, whether lands should be free or slave. However, with regard […]