Category Slavery

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852 Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – The Fateful Compromise of 1850

Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving his typical outstanding performance in a presentation covering the Compromise of 1850 for the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “Before the Civil War there was the Compromise of 1850. The arguments between the North and South over slavery in the new territories began […]

Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

Here’s Professor Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington speaking on Slavery and Reconstruction in the American West. The video’s description reads, “University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this talk.”

Speeches and Writings of Frederick Douglass

Here’s Professor David Blight of Yale University speaking about Frederick Douglass. This was part of the 2018 Nau Center for Civil War History symposium held at the University of Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Yale University professor David Blight talked about the political — and often religious — rhetoric that Frederick Douglass used when writing or speaking about […]

Prigg v. Pennsylvania

The citation for this case is 41 US [16 Peters] 539. In 1832, Margaret Morgan escaped from slavery in Maryland and made her way to Pennsylvania and lived there as a free woman for five years. Edward Prigg, Nathan Bemis, Jacob Forward, and Stephen Lewis Jr. went from Maryland into Pennsylvania as agents of the […]

1850 Fugitive Slave Law and 1960s Racial Unrest

Here’s historian Richard Blackett discussing the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law along with historian Peter Levy discussing racial unrest in the 1960s. The video’s description reads, “Authors Richard Blackett and Peter Levy discussed their respective books, one on the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the other on the racial unrests during the 1960s. They talked about the […]

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Here’s a PBS video on the Underground Railroad, centering on William Still, a prominent Pennsylvania African American who was a key member of the Underground Railroad. This is an excellent production. You can access the video here.