Category Slavery

The Story of American Freedom

Here’s Professor Eric Foner in a 1998 episode of C-SPAN’s “Booknotes” program, talking about his book, The Story of American Freedom. The great thing about “Booknotes” was the host, Brian Lamb, asks great questions as well as very basic questions to give us a great exposition of the author’s viewpoints and ideas. He also gets into […]

Professor Buzzkill Post on Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army

Here’s an interview with Dr. Colin Woodward regarding his book, Marching Masters. This is a pretty decent discussion. You can access it here.

After Words with Eric Foner: Gateway to Freedom

Here’s a discussion between Professor Edna Greene Medford and Professor Eric Foner on Professor Foner’s book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. This is a wonderful conversation. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner talked about his book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, in which he examines the efforts of […]

Eric Foner on His Book, The Fiery Trial

Here’s Professor Eric Foner giving another terrific presentation on his book, The Fiery Trial, at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner examines Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery. Mr. Foner relays that early in Mr. Lincoln’s political career he was “naturally anti-slavery” but adhered to the Constitution’s protection of the institution in the […]

The Fiery Trial

Here’s Professor Eric Foner speaking at the 2011 National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner talked about his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a program in the History and Biography Pavilion of […]

The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture

This book by Professor David Brion Davis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967. It’s an examination of slavery and the growth of antislavery forces in Western World. He tells us, “By the time of Columbus involuntary servitude had begun to disappear through much of Western Europe. Two centuries before the discovery of America, Philippe the […]

A reckoning over the North’s role in slavery

I came across this article in the Boston Globe. Of course, anyone who understands our colonial history knows every one of the original 13 colonies had slavery. Northern states abolished slavery on their own, sometimes immediately, sometimes gradually. By 1860 the only Northern state with slaves remaining was New Jersey, which was in the final stages […]