Category Archives: Slavery

Jefferson Davis vetoes a slave-trade bill

On February 28, 1861, in Montgomery, Alabama, the newly-installed President of the newly-established Confederate States of America contemplated one of the first proposed Confederate laws sent him by the new Congress. Under the bill’s terms, importing black people into the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A House Built by Slaves

A House Built by Slaves offers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as seen through the eyes – the usually-but-not-uniformly-sympathetic eyes – of black visitors to the White House. The narrative also combines accounts of these visits with accounts of the … Continue reading

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At McAllister’s Mill on July 4, 1836

McAllister’s Mill along the Baltimore Pike near Gettysburg was a hiding place along the Underground Railroad. Many enslaved individuals seeking freedom north of the Mason-Dixon Line found refuges in the Gettysburg community, though many of the stories and locations can … Continue reading

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Crawling to Freedom

ECW welcomes guest author Richard Abramson  The old Post Road – since 1930, New York State Route 22 – runs north from New York City all the way up to the town of Mooers, near the Canadian border. It’s a … Continue reading

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“There is not one of you a slave now”: Escaped Union Prisoners Announce Freedom in South Carolina

While Juneteenth started as a celebration of the announcement of emancipation in Galveston, Texas in 1865, other accounts of freedom announcements to enslaved communities also offer joyful moments during the Civil War years. In his published narrative Seven Months a … Continue reading

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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: The Supreme Court and Choice

The following is revised from an article first posted here on November 3, 2016. Politics and the Supreme Court are much in the news today, as they were in 1858 when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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On The March: The 44th Indiana 1862-63

One of the more oft-overlooked resources are local newspapers, which published letters from the battlefront throughout the war. For small towns where many of the military-age males had signed up, such letters were of community interest. One such town was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Slavery: Interpreting American History

In Slavery: Interpreting American History, editors Aaron Astor and Thomas C. Buchanan have compiled an impressive volume that succinctly explores the changing interpretations of slavery. This is not so much a history of American slavery as it is a history … Continue reading

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“Hope that…I may be the last victim of the slave power:” George Gordon, an Abolitionist Prosecuted and Pardoned by Lincoln

ECW welcomes back guest author Max Longley “Who’s there?” “A friend in the dark.” These were the jealously-guarded passwords by which those fleeing slavery exchanged recognitions with Underground Railroad operators in Morrow County, Ohio.[1] The President of Morrow County’s racially-integrated … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Black History Month and the Erasure of Black History

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I remember taking my kids to visit Stone Mountain in Georgia around 1991. At the time, the “park” was a sort of Confederate Disneyland that mixed faux Civil … Continue reading

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