Category Slavery

Grant, Slavery, and Saint Louis

This is a great discussion with Nick Sacco of the US Grant National Historic Site on Grant and slavery. Nick is an outstanding historian and is an expert on US Grant. The video’s description reads, “Join historian Nick Sacco from the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site as he discusses a new exhibit he’s created […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin this week with this article from Smithsonian Magazine. “Sometime in the spring of 1893,Cassie Kirby Smith contacted Alexander Darnes, one of Florida’s first formally trained Black doctors. She shared news of a memorial honoring her recently deceased husband, Edmund Kirby Smith, a former Confederate general and professor at the University of the South. […]

The Grimkes

Here’s Professor Kerri Greenidge discussing her book on the Grimke Sisters and the people their family had enslaved. The Grimke sisters left the South and became abolitionists in the free states. This is a discussion with Professor Nikki Taylor of Howard University. The video’s description reads, “Tufts University historian Kerri Greenidge talked about the Grimke […]

The Abolitionist’s Journal

Journalist James Richardson discusses his book, which is the journal of his ancestor, George Richardson, an abolitionist who participated in the Underground Railroad, served as a chaplain in a USCT regiment in Tennessee, and after the war taught in a school for freed people in Texas. He makes a couple of, let’s say questionable, statements, […]

Some States Pursuing Reparations

Movements in California and New York, especially in California, are pursuing reparations for oppression suffered by African Americans. The California movement is far in advance of New York, where the movement is still looking for legislative support. Let’s begin by looking at this article about California. “A new report by a California state task force […]

Slavery in the Northern Colonies

Here’s Professor Nicole Maskiell teaching a class on slavery in the northern colonies prior to the Revolution. It’s excellent. The video’s description reads, “University of South Carolina Professor Nicole Maskiell taught a class on the early development of slavery in the northern American colonies. The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, South Carolina.”

Liberty and Union

This book by Professor David Herbert Donald, published in 1978, provides us his interpretation of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He writes, “In studying the years from 1845 to about 1890 as a whole, I have become convinced that these important economic, social, and ideological conflicts can best be understood as special instances of a […]

Black Soldiers and the Transnational Civil War

This is a fine podcast by A. J. Cade on the history of African American militia in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Louisiana Native Guards in the Civil War, along with Benjamin Butler’s influence on them and the international reaction to Back United States soldiers. The episode’s description reads, “AJ Cade II on Black Soldiers […]

Battle of Antietam, Lincoln and Emancipation

Here’s Scott Hartwig giving a characteristically excellent presentation at the Emerging Civil War symposium on the Emancipation and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The video’s description reads, “Scott Hartwig, the former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, talked about the lead up to the September 1862 Battle of Antietam and Abraham Lincoln’s announcing the preliminary Emancipation […]

Calculating the Value of the Union

This book by Professor James L. Huston is an excellent look at the economic origins of the Civil War. In the Preface he tells us, “My initial starting point several decades ago was that the source of the conflict had to be economic, for the basic function of slavery was to provide cheap labor. Tying […]