1. Belle Montgomery

    Discussion The American Civil War Museum’s CEO on the Myths That Persist About Our National Conflict

    This came out today I think it's very interesting and I'm sure many can debate about it. I myself found near the end of it a surprising statement: "Northerners tend to dismiss the conflict into this sort of, ‘We won and we’re done and we freed the slaves.’ Really? Did you? Where’s the black...
  2. Cody C. Engdahl

    Free Kindle book Through Saturday 3/16/19

    Amazon is allowing me to give away the Kindle version of my nonfiction work, The American Civil War WAS About Slavery: A Quick Handbook of Quotes to Reference When Debating Those Who Would Argue Otherwise for free through midnight, Saturday PDT. Don’t live in America? No problem you can get...
  3. wbull1

    Pre-Civil War Free Blacks Owned Slaves. Is that significant?

    In other discussion groups I've seen discussions of the significance of the fact that before the Civil War some free blacks owned black slaves. To me the numbers involved are so small it seems insignificant, but maybe I'm missing something. What is your reaction? There were approximately...
  4. leftyhunter

    Did Sanford v. Missouri allow slavery in all states?

    Reading Sanford v. Missouri it appears that a slave owner can utilize his slave in any state or Territory of the United States. Not aware of any slave owners who attempted to test the parameters of Sanford not to say they didn't. @jgoodguy or @trice @OpnCoronet Any thoughts on this? Leftyhunter
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Jumping the Broom: Slave Ritual Meets Couture

    It is said that broom jumping comes from an African Tribal Marriage Ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple's new home together. I have also read that the spray of the broom represents all of us scattered and the handle represents the Almighty who holds us together. Today...
  6. wausaubob

    Preventing secession.

    Given just slightly more time the fears of the secessionists that Lincoln could put slavery on the path towards elimination would have been fulfilled. First the administration would tell Maryland politicians that due to the threat of secession, the national capital must be removed to Columbus...
  7. wbull1

    Report of Mistreatment of Slaves by Union Forces

    I was not aware of this statement before tonight. I hope those more knowledge than I am can help me evaluate its accuracy or lack thereof From the Annual Message of Governor Henry Watkins Allen to the Legislature of the State of Louisiana January, 1865 Page 15 reap the rich reward...
  8. Cavalry Charger

    The Overcoming of Slavery

    I received a book for Christmas which has deep roots in philosophy, psychology and mythology. It is a book written by Professor Jordan B. Peterson called '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos'. The following comes from Rule 7 in the book: Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)...
  9. Belle Montgomery

    Civil rights groups declare New Year’s Day ‘Emancipation [Proclamation] Day’

    Jan. 1 is more than New Year’s Day. It’s also Emancipation Day, civil rights groups across the nation have declared. New Year’s Day is the 156th anniversary of the date in 1863 on which the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln took effect, freeing African-Americans...
  10. wbull1

    Was the Civil War a "good" war?

    "We've decided the Civil War is a 'good war' because it destroyed slavery," says Fitzhugh Brundage, a historian at the University of North Carolina. "I think it's an indictment of 19th century Americans that they had to slaughter each other to do that." Do you agree or disagree?
  11. WJC

    Is the Abbeville Institute a Reliable Source for Information Related to the Civil War?

    Frankly, until I joined the discussions in this Forum I had never heard of the Abbeville Institute. I am still largely ignorant of its views. I'd like to have a calm, reasoned, civil discussion on its value as a source of information about the Civil War, its causes and its effect on America. Thanks!
  12. Belle Montgomery

    Harriet Tubman Is Finally Getting Her Own Movie

    Harriet Tubman was a world-changing abolitionist, who was born into slavery, daringly escaped, then repeatedly risked her own life and liberty to rescue 300 slaves from their brutal bondage. During the Civil War, she was a scout and a spy. She fought for women’s suffrage. Yet despite the many...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    When Slavery Is Erased From Plantations

    Some presidential estates and other historical sites have struggled to reconcile founding-era exceptionalism with the true story of America’s original sin. The story of Sally Hemings—the enslaved woman who bore six of Thomas Jefferson’s children—is told from the basement of Jefferson’s mansion...
  14. SWMODave

    I hastened away from that "pen" a confirmed abolitionist

    Be advised - this is very tough to read So many changes having taken plane, in the city, I one day gratified my curiosity by visiting the old slave-pen, which was formerly located in the vicinity of the ship landing, at a place called "Bull's Head." I found the building now occupied by Capt...
  15. Belle Montgomery

    Pastors Propose Historic Markers Detailing Slave Auctions and Keeping Confederate Statue Too

    Here's a solution to the Confederate monuments that MAY work!!!: "Now, Riggs has come to a different solution. “Instead of being divisive and trying to take things down, why can’t we put some things up to tell a side of the story that hasn’t been told before?” he asked. -During a packed...
  16. Cody C. Engdahl

    I got so frustrated arguing over what the war was about that I published a short handbook.

    It's brief, but I wanted it to be a quick pocket reference for the next time I get cornered into a "It wasn't about slavery" debate.
  17. leftyhunter

    Comparing civil rights issues of late 19th Century American South to Brazil and Cuba.

    Recently @Belle Montgomery had a thread that is now locked comparing American slavery to Latin American slavery. Both Brazil and the Spanish colony of Cuba had slavery during the American Civil War. Both Brazil and the Spanish colony of Cuba ended slavery within 25 years after the ACW. What...
  18. Belle Montgomery

    HBO continues to develop controversial show ‘Confederate’ despite fiery backlash

    At the Television Critics Assoc.’s summer press tour on Wednesday, HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine that the controversial drama project from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss remains in development — despite the duo’s recently-inked deal with Disney and Lucasfilm to...
  19. WJC

    What Role did Haiti's Example Play in Our Civil War?

    From what I have read, slaveholders in the antebellum were very fearful of the example of the 1790-1804 slave revolt in Haiti and its aftermath. They saw it not only as a violent, chaotic Black uprising but also as evidence that Blacks could not form what they considered an ordered, civil...
  20. Brendan

    Restricted Debate Confederate Flag Proposals

    A couple Confederate flag proposals recorded in a 1917 book published by the National Geographic Society provide a fascinating look into the Secessionist mindset of the 1860s: ...Jan. 2, 1862, a Richmond correspondent wrote in the Charleston Mercury: "Quite a number of new fangled flags are...
  21. Belle Montgomery

    Mrs. Emma Falconer Recalls Southern Life Before and After the Civil War

    U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39 Interview with Mrs. Emma Falconer by Effie Cowan "I was born in Green County, Mississippi, in the year 1850. My parents were Theodore and Mary Shaw. My mother died when I was ten years old...
  22. Belle Montgomery

    Slavery Interpretation/Reenactment in Ohio

    Saturday- July 14 at 6 PM - 7 PM - Marietta College-Hosted by The Castle Historic House Museum-Marietta, Ohio July 14 at 6 PM - 7 PM - Marietta College-Hosted by The Castle Historic House Museum-Marietta, Ohio Join Cheyney McKnight to learn about her experiences interpreting slavery throughout...
  23. Belle Montgomery

    Abandoned Plantation In Missouri with toppled gravestones video -Haunting

    I don't know how many here wished they could travel back in time but because I do I love watching these "explorer" videos (some better than others) of old plantations and houses. I study the architecture and wonder what it would've been like living there when it was in it's prime and sometimes...
  24. Belle Montgomery

    Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction dies

    by Harrison Smith June 27 at 4:32 PM announced the death but did not give a cause. Willie Lee Rose, a historian whose short but brilliant career helped steer the study of slavery and Reconstruction away from white slaveholders and toward freed African Americans — and who oversaw a gender...
  25. wausaubob

    Why did slavery need so much protection?

    Why did slavery need so much protection from the federal government? Why did secessionists assert that a government with abolitionist allies could eliminate slavery in the long run? Why didn't they have confidence that the arrangement was so powerful and flexible that it would not only survive...

    Abolition of Slavery Map North America

    Very interesting visual on the Abolition of Slavery in North America. Never realized VT was first or how long it took PA and CT to be done with it...and what is now OK being the last place in the Continental US. USS ALASKA
  27. wausaubob

    Mexico, California,

    And the Coming of the Civil War. In The War That Forged a Nation, Why the Civil War Still Matters, James McPherson, Oxford University Press 2015. This Chapter begins at p. 15 of this collection of essays by James McPherson. It is interesting to note how close the pro slavery politicians came...
  28. wausaubob

    Why the United States won the Civil War.

    It happened in 1861 and the world had changed between 1787 and 1861. 1. In 1856 David Edward Hughes invented the first stable keyboard system for electronically encoding written messages for transmission. By October 24, 1861 the transcontinental telegraph wire connected California to the east...
  29. 1950lemans

    Slave Silhouettes

    I didn't know about this. The drawing known as Flora is believed to be of a young woman who was sold as a slave in Connecticut in 1796, 12 years after the state had voted for gradual manumission. According to a bill of sale dated 1796, Asa Benjamin, of Stratford in Fairfield County...
  30. O' Be Joyful

    History Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking

    The search for the missing grain led to Trinidad and Thomas Jefferson, and now excitement among African-American chefs. CHARLESTON, S.C. — Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much...
  31. WJC

    Notable Antebellum Slave Traders

    As we have seen, the Slave Trade was seen by many as a reputable business in the antebellum period. Some have referred to well known- some might say 'celebrity'- Americans who were slave traders in other threads. Let's discuss some of those notable Slave Traders.
  32. Jimklag

    Stories Lost: Slavery and the Railroads

    An excellent article from the National Railroad Hall Of Fame. Here's the link -
  33. WJC

    Antebellum Non-Slave Labor Conditions in America

    In discussing slavery, comparisons are sometimes made with labor conditions in the non-slavery states. Obviously slave labor distinguished one region of our country from others, but what about non-slave labor? Were non-slave labor conditions in the south different from those in the north and west?
  34. Joshism

    Whaleman & White Slavery

    I'm reading Eric Jay Dolin's Leviathan, about whaling in America. I came across an interesting quote from the 1850s, not only for the comparison made but also the literary reference made: [emphasis added] "Too many ships that float are in reality prison ships - their crews, for the time being...
  35. WJC

    What One American Learned Visiting an Underground Railroad 'Station'

    "Recently my family and I visited one of the stations along the underground railroad outside of Philadelphia to retrace the steps of escaped slaves", says Ms. Kathy Barnette. She goes on: One of the stories hit a chord with me because it was about a mother I could readily identify with. The...
  36. Pat Young

    Book Review University, Court, & Slave: Pro-Slavery Thought in Southern Colleges & Courts by Alfred Brophy

    University, Court, & Slave: Pro-Slavery Thought in Southern Colleges & Courts & the Coming of the Civil War by Alfred Brophy published by Oxford University Press (2016) $41.95 Hardcover $15.65 Kindle Before 1832 there was a wide diversity of opinion in Southern academic circles about slavery...

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