Among the arguments which attempt to prove that the Civil War was not about slavery appears the accusation that Ulysses S. Grant was a slave owner who refused to free his slaves until the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. Often, this is said to imply that if the military leader
In the mid-1830s, abolitionists were searching for new ways to get their message to the enslavers in the South. Having already utilized the postal service to much effect, they undertook an even broader mass mailing project that sent the city of Charleston, South Carolina into a rage-filled panic. It was,
Emancipation Day is one of our nation’s oldest and longest-celebrated holidays, predating Memorial Day, Mothers Day, even Thanksgiving. Despite this, there is not even a single unofficial date when we commemorate the manumission of our nation’s slaves. A look to the pre-Civil War history of the observation may give us some clues as to why that is.
It was more than happenstance that pitted Abraham Lincoln against Jefferson Davis. They disagreed upon almost everything there was to disagree upon. From family background to head-wear, these two presidents could hardly have been more different. But there was one area of thought upon which they agreed: Popular Sovereignty. Though