Category Slavery

Slavery to Freedom at Appomattox

Here’s Ranger Ernie Price, the Chief of Education and Visitor Services at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, talking about the African American experience in transitioning from slavery to freedom. The video’s description reads, “Appomattox Courthouse is commonly known as the site of General Lee’s surrender to General Grant and the end of the Civil […]

Abraham Lincoln, Politics, and the Supreme Court

Here’s Professor Timothy Huebner of Rhodes College delivering a lecture at the American Civil War Museum on Lincoln and the Supreme Court. The video’s description reads, “Rhodes College Professor Timothy Huebner described how Abraham Lincoln changed the Supreme Court during his presidency. He also analyzed the question of whether Lincoln ‘packed the court.’ After his remarks, Mr. […]

Manisha Sinha on A House Divided. S. 3 ep. 10

Here’s a very good discussion between Dr. Manisha Sinha and host Bjorn Skaptason discussing Dr. Sinha’s book, The Slave’s Cause. The video’s description reads, “Manisha Sinha joined Bjorn Skaptason on August 2, 2018, to discuss her award-winning book The Slave’s Cause.”

Lincoln and the Fugitive Slave Act

This is Dr. Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University giving a presentation at the 2018 Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg, PA on Lincoln and his relationship to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.. The video’s description tells us, “Andrew Delbancois the author of The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from […]

Book Talk: David W. Blight & Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

This is a terrific discussion between Dr. David Blight and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates on Dr. Blight’s new book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, discussing not only the book but also Douglass’ life. The video’s description reads, “The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the History Department at Yale, the Yale University […]

Slave Payrolls

Part of the neoconfederate-driven “black confederate” myth is the claim the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest had black confederate soldiers. The claim is often made he had black bodyguards and had black soldiers among his men. As with almost everything a confederate heritage supporter tries to claim, it’s a lie. He took 47 of his slaves […]

Abolitionists’ Day 2019

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, the Thaddeus Stevens Society put on the third annual Abolitionists’ Day in Gettysburg. Like last year, they provided period music by the group “Dearest Home,” and this year featured Judy C. Williams playing the part of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, known as “The Black Swan.” There were a number of informative […]