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Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: David Walker – Radical Abolitionist of the 1820s

The Confederacy and Southern Cause are, of course, huge parts of Southern history. The battles where Southern men killed and died and were led by leaders almost god-like in their reverence consume nearly the full focus of the subject. While many celebrate the bravery and actions on the battlefield and

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: Jermain Loguen – Liberated Slave, Abolitionist, and Preacher

Jermain Loguen was born a slave, but escaped his abusive master to become an agent on the Underground Railroad. Here, we recount his childhood in bondage, along with his escape in adulthood. Lastly, we’ll look at a letter sent to him by his former master, demanding his return – as well as Jermain’s embittered and fitting response.

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: Rev. James W. Hunnicutt – Unionist Turned Civil Rights Leader

Few things are more Southern than a Baptist minister from South Carolina running a newspaper called the Christian Banner. James W. Hunnicutt, though most of his early life prior to the Civil War, was a fairly typical Southerner. Though stringently a Unionist, he supported the right to own slaves, even

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: The Grimké Sisters, the Feminists and Abolitionists of Charleston

The Grimké Sisters, Sarah and Angelina, are probably the most famous Southern women in the Southern feminist and abolitionist movements. While the bulk of their adult lives were spent in the more-receptive North, their childhood and early adulthood in Antebellum South Carolina shaped what was to come. No doubt that

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: John Gregg Fee, Abolitionist Preacher and Educator from Kentucky

John Gregg Fee is one of those forgotten heroes of Southern history. Born into a slave-holding Kentucky family in 1816, Fee had a religious conversion that also convinced him that slavery was a sin. He began his ministry amongst much opposition, but gained support and followers. This is his telling

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: Warner Mifflin, a Colonial Enslaver Who Saw the Light

Warner Mifflin was born in 1745 along Chincoteague Bay in Virginia. A lapsed Quaker, his father enslaved upwards of 100 black people, forcing them to labor on his farm. Being raised in such an environment, Warner knew nothing else. But after an honest conversation with one of the slaves, a

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: Joseph Evans Snodgrass, Slave-owner Turned Abolitionist

If Joseph Evans Snodgrass is famous at all, it is not for being a slaveholder who freed his chattel from bondage, an abolitionist, a writer, or even a Southerner born in Virginia, though he was all of those things. When remembered by the dusty old books kept on the rickety shelves of literary societies, he is the man who was called upon in the waning days in the life of Edgar Allan Poe.

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: Joseph Doddridge, Pioneer Minister and Anti-Slavery Advocate

From time to time, we'll take a look at some forgotten heroes of Southern history - the slaves, the abolitionists, the draft dodgers, the Unionists. Though they fought against the Confederate Cause, they were Southerners through and through. The same Southern blood ran through their veins, and they held the