Category Slavery

Was Robert E. Lee a Woman Whipper?

This article is based on the testimony of Wesley Norris, a formerly enslaved person at Arlington who was under Robert E. Lee’s management after George Washington Parke Custis died. It starts with the basic facts. “On March 26, 1866, the New York Daily Tribune published a shocking account of Robert E. Lee’s actions in 1859 […]

The Future of the African American Past Conference

This conference was held May 19-21, 2016 at the National Museum of American History. We have the first two sessions here, which covered “Who is Black America?” and “Slavery and Freedom.” The second session is especially relevant to our interests, and has the extra benefit of being an excellent session.  

“Black-ish” Takes On Juneteenth

The premiere of Season 4 of the ABC comedy, “Black-ish” featured some terrific numbers inspired by the brilliant musical, “Hamilton,” and an animated number by The Roots. This was really great.  

Robert E. Lee–Slave Owner

The Heritage Instead of History crowd would have us believe Robert E. Lee was not a slave owner. As with almost everything else they claim, it’s hogwash. In “The Myth of Robert E. Lee and the ‘Good’ Slave Owner,” historian Glenn David Brasher tells us, ” Lost Cause advocates painted slavery as beneficial to both whites […]

Be Free or Die Discussion

This is a discussion of the book, Be Free or Die, the story of Robert Smalls, with author Cate Lineberry and Smalls’ great-great grandson, Michael Boulware Moore. The video’s description reads, “Cate Lineberry talked about her book Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero, in which she recalls the life […]

Did Robert E. Lee Oppose Slavery?

Confederate apologists often claim Robert E. Lee actually opposed slavery. Let’s put that to the test. Exhibit Number One for them is Lee’s letter to his wife, Mary, dated December 27, 1856 and written from Fort Brown, Texas, in which Lee said, “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, […]

Reconsideration of Dred Scott v. Sandford

This is a really good discussion of the Dred Scott case. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presides along with nine appeals court judges to hear testimony on the Dred Scott case and to cross examine the witnesses. Professors Paul Finkelman and Akhil Reed Amar are among the witnesses who testify. I thought John Stauffer was […]