Category Slavery

Crucible of the Civil War

This is a very good book of essays edited by Edward L. Ayers, Gary W. Gallagher, and Andrew J. Torget. Essentially, one might say it’s a collection of essays produced by the history graduate program at the University of Virginia. Each of the contributors either is/was a professor at UVa or received their Ph.D. at […]

The Divided South, Democracy’s Limitations, and the Causes of the Peculiarly North American Civil War

This is another essay from the book, Why the Civil War Came, edited by Professor Gabor Boritt. William W. Freehling wrote this essay. Like the previous essay, I felt this was important enough to have its own blog post. Professor Freehling makes a comparison between ending slavery in the United States with ending slavery in other […]

Pre-Civil War Anti-Slavery Movement

Here’s Professor Matt Harris of Colorado State University-Pueblo lecturing on the antislavery movement before the Civil War as part of his “U.S. History to 1877” class. It’s a pretty good lecture. The video’s description reads, “Colorado State University-Pueblo professor Matt Harris taught a class about the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. He described some of the leaders […]

Interview with Fountain Hughes, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 1949

Here’s an interview from 1949 with 101-year-old former slave Fountain Hughes, born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1848. This is one of only 26 audio recordings of former slaves being interviewed. In this case, the interviewer is a white man, Hermond Norwood. You can see a story about this interview from the New York Times‘s Opinionator blog […]

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 […]