Category Slavery

Rehearsal for Reconstruction

This award-winning book by the late professor Willie Lee Rose, published in 1964, looks at the Port Royal Experiment at the Sea Islands in South Carolina. In the book’s introduction, Professor C. Vann Woodward writes the Port Royal Experiment “was in effect a dress rehearsal for Reconstruction acted out on the stage neatly defined by […]

Sailing to Freedom

Here’s author Timothy Walker discussing the use of ships in the Underground Railroad. The video’s description reads, “Author Timothy Walker talked about the maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African Americans’ paid and unpaid waterfront labor. The Nantucket Historical Association in Massachusetts hosted this event, provided the video, and retains copyright of […]

The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass

This is an outstanding interview with Professor David Blight on NPR’s “Fresh Aire” program. The episode description tells us, “Historian David Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography traced Frederick Douglass’ path from slavery to abolitionist and inspired HBO’s documentary, Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches. ‘Seeing and hearing Douglass became, through the course of the 19th century, a kind […]

Ben Franklin’s World Episode 325: Woody Holton, Everyday People of the American Revolution

This is an excellent conversation between host Professor Liz Covart and her guest, Professor Woody Holton. The Episode Summary tells us, “Woody Holton, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution, joins us to explore and discuss why it is […]

Interpreting Slavery & Race at Historic Sites

This is a pretty good panel discussion of interpreting slavery and race at various historic sites, including James Madison’s home, Montpelier. The Montpelier representatives include Dr. Elizabeth Chew and Jennifer Stacy of Highland’s Council of Descendant Advisers. The video’s description reads, “How have presidential historic sites, libraries and museums incorporated slavery and race into their […]

A 1619 Project Update

It’s been awhile since we checked in on the 1619 Project. Let’s start with this article out of New York City. “At a time when states across the country are restricting how America’s history is taught, teachers at P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche in Harlem spent three weeks guiding their students through ‘The 1619 Project: Born […]

The Revolutionary Summer of 1862

I found this essay by Professor Paul Finkelman on Congress’s role in abolishing slavery. “In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln recalled, ‘All knew that’ the ‘peculiar and powerful interest’ in slaves ‘was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend […]

The Crooked Path to Abolition

This book by Professor James Oakes is a worthy successor to his Freedom National and The Scorpion’s Sting. In this book he concentrates on constitutional interpretation from the viewpoint of Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans along with the abolitionists as well as the proslavery side. Professor Oakes begins with a speech Lincoln gave in Philadelphia […]

Lincoln and African Americans

Here’s a pretty good panel discussion, moderated by Professor Jonathan White, on Abraham Lincoln and African-Americans. The panelists are Professor Lucas Morel, Professor Edna Greene Medford, and Michelle Krowl. This was at the 2021 Lincoln Forum symposium. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed President Abraham Lincoln’s views and policies on race and examined letters and petitions […]

The 1619 Project Controversy Continues

Professor James Oakes provides this critique of the historical claims made in the New York Times’s “1619 Project.” Beginning with praise for the “Disunion” series the Times published during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, of which he writes, “By 2015, when the 150th anniversary of the war ended and the series concluded, the most […]