Category Archives: Slavery

The Newby Family Fights for Freedom

For more than two decades I’ve been fascinated with John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. There’s so much intrigue to the story…it almost reads like a Hollywood script. More than the voluminous books, the artifacts and the sites associated … Continue reading

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At Sea: Fighting For Freedom

African Americans hazarded their lives and freedom against the nation’s enemies in the colonial and United States navies while achieving a level of respect, relatively fair treatment, and economic opportunities generally not available ashore. (Dwight Hughes, 2018, ECW Blog) In … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2/11-2/17/19

Who is your favorite abolitionist from the Antebellum or Civil War years? Why?

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Introducing Kids To The Underground Railroad

The librarian at the check-out desk looked at me a little strangely when I picked up a large stack of picture books. She knows I don’t have children and beautifully illustrated thirty page books are not the typical volumes found … Continue reading

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“Blowed to Freedom!”: Abraham and the Vicksburg Mine

Every February ECW does a series of posts about African Americans and the Civil War. There are many from which to choose, but I have made it my mission, as it were, to find those who are not as well … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Upcoming Events in Prince William County

In Virginia and looking for some special historic events in February with a focus on African American experiences during the 19th Century? Prince William County Historic Preservation Division is offering some fantastic opportunities to check out their sites during the … Continue reading

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Reminder: February is Black History Month!

February is Black History Month, and here at Emerging Civil War, we will be spotlighting African American History during the Antebellum, War, and Reconstruction Eras. From surviving and rebelling against the horrors of slavery to fighting as soldiers in the … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Slavery as the Cause of the Civil War

Last week, I had someone challenge me on Facebook about the cause of the Civil War. Because slavery wasn’t a cause of the war, he said, the point I was trying to make was moot. “It wasn’t *a* cause of … Continue reading

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Facebook Cover Photo: The Emancipation Proclamation

Emerging Civil War welcomed 2019 with an new cover photo on our Facebook page. Here are some details about the historic image.

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The Abolition of Debt Peonage Slavery in New Mexico Territory, Part 2

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Ray Shortridge for Part 2 of his study on slavery in New Mexico territory during the antebellum and Civil War years. Click here to read Part 1. Initially, the influx of Americans into New Mexico … Continue reading

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