Slave Names »

Another local story, this one dedicating a local square in the name of a USCT soldier. This article added an interesting point about slave names that I’d never considered before. But when enlistment opened for men of color in Cape Girardeau, the Army wants you to have a first name and a last name. And […]

Reparations: Reasonable and Right »

NYTimes columnist Charles M Blow weighs in on the current Reparations debate. This is a topic that I admit flummoxes me: I see the point of paying reparations, but it’s a difficult thing to plan and implement. It’s a valuable debate to have, regardless. Source: Opinion | Reparations: Reasonable and Right – The New York […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates gave Mitch McConnell a powerful lesson on reparations »

The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates testified for Congress on a bill that discusses reparations for slavery. Mitch McConnell weighed in with the following quote, which would be a lot less cynical if he didn’t use “We”. A politician who devoted himself to undermining the entire African American presidency he namechecks isn’t one to claim that efforts […]

What Is Juneteenth? »

I fell behind on my posting and missed Juneteenth! For those unfamiliar with the holiday on June 19th, let the eminent professor Henry Louis Gates explain it to you by clicking through to his article. ”‘The way it was explained to me,’ ” one heir to the tradition is quoted in Hayes Turner’s essay, ” […]

Virginia debated ending slavery after Nat Turner’s revolt »

One of the reasons I check out every small-town paper’s Civil War related stories is that you occasionally find some delicious wheat amongst the “round table meets tonight” or “Lincoln impersonator to speak at library” chaff. This article is one of the kernels that makes it worthwhile. A surprisingly in-depth look at some radical proposals […]

Last Known Ship Carrying Captives For Slavery Found »

Some archaeological news from Alabama – the remains of the last slave ship was found. Researchers were also looking for a ship that had been burned and scuttled in the waters around Mobile — reflecting the captain’s attempts to block law enforcement from finding evidence of a crime. From February to July 1860, the Clotilda […]

Brazil’s long, strange love affair with the Confederacy »

I knew of the Confederados existence, but I hadn’t had the time to read much into the history of those Confederates who moved (with their slaves) to Brazil after the war. I’m horrified to find out their descendants celebrate the fact. What a strange, lingering aftereffect of the Civil War! This article was quite the […]

Heavily Abridged ‘Slave Bible’ Removed Passages That Might Encourage Uprisings »

A deeper dive on the Slave Bible, courtesy of the Smithsonian. “This can be seen as an attempt to appease the planter class saying, ‘Look, we’re coming here. We want to help uplift materially these Africans here but we’re not going to be teaching them anything that could incite rebellion,’” Anthony Schmidt, the Museum of […]

The Slave Bible at Museum of the Bible »

I can’t say that Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible is a museum I’d have given much thought to visiting, but through September, they’re hosting an exhibition on the Slave Bible. It’s a fascinating piece of history, and worth checking out if you’re in town. The Slave Bible, as it would become known, is a […]

Nat Turner’s slave rebellion ruins are disappearing in Virginia »

An interesting push by a county in Virginia to preserve and present historical artifacts and sites where Nat Turner’s rebellion took place. As the last quote in the article states, “Just because something bad may have happened at a place, or something that was distasteful, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be kept.” Until recently, the […]