Category Slavery

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. […]

Charge to Grand Jury: Fugitive Slave Law, March 1851

The citation is 30 Fed. Cas. 1015, Case No. 18,263. This charge was from Federal Judge Peleg Sprague, a judge President John Tyler of Virginia had appointed to the Federal Judiciary, taking his position in 1841. This was in the District Court in the District of Massachusetts. This charge to the grand jury was precipitated […]

Anthony Johnson: Not the First Slave Owner

I’m sure many of you have seen the phony claim neoconfederates often put forward that a black man, Anthony Johnson, was the first slave owner in Colonial America. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve already dealt with this phony claim here. In this post I’d like to share some additional information uncovered during […]

Harriet Tubman’s Life and Legacy

Here’s Professor Catherine Clinton delivering a lecture at the University of Mary Washington about Harriet Tubman, based on her biography of Tubman. This is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “Catherine Clinton talked about her book, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. She spoke about Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery, her role as a conductor […]