Category Slavery

Civil War Era and the Constitution

Here’s Professor Tim Huebner of Rhodes College speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA on Lincoln, slavery, emancipation, and the Constitution. The video’s description reads, “Timothy Huebner talked about the Civil War Era and the Constitution, focusing on the history of slavery during the antebellum period and its eventual abolition with the 13th […]

Ben Franklin’s World Episode 133: Patrick Breen, The Nat Turner Revolt

Here’s historian Patrick Breen talking with Liz Covart of the podcast “Ben Franklin’s World” on his research regarding the Nat Turner Revolt. Things we learn in this episode include: Nat Turner’s Revolt How Nat Turner’s Rebellion differs from other slave revolts in early America Nat Turner Turner’s religious views Why Turner decided to lead a […]

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

Here’s historian Daniel Crofts speaking at the 2017 Ford’s Theatre Abraham Lincoln Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Daniel Crofts, author of Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery, talked about President Lincoln’s views on Emancipation. ‘The Paradoxical Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln and the Other Thirteenth Amendment’ was part of the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium exploring the 16th […]

Franklin County Historical Society Teaches Myth

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 I visited Chambersburg, PA for their special History Day, where a number of sites of historical importance were open with free admission. I first visited Mary Ritner’s Boarding House, which is the house John Brown used to plan his Harper’s Ferry Raid. The house has some really good artifacts and […]

A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series giving an outstanding presentation on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. The video’s description reads, “The Emancipation Proclamation remains one of the most misunderstood and controversial events of the American Civil War. Many today still debate its legality and what it accomplished. […]

Teaching Underground Railroad History

Here’s a nice panel discussion on factors involved in teaching the history of the Underground Railroad. The panel consists of Matt Pinsker of Dickinson College, Spencer Crew of George Mason University, and Timothy Westcott of Park University. The video’s description reads, “Historians talked about some on the most common misconceptions about the Underground Railroad and […]

The Extent of Slave Ownership in the United States in 1860

I’ve touched on this before in other posts. See here, here, here, and here. In an effort to minimize the importance of slavery, modern neoconfederates will focus on the percentage of slave owners in the United States and say that because it was very low, the confederates could not have been fighting to preserve slavery. […]