The Emancipation Proclamation freed only the slaves in disloyal states. While this immediately freed 20,000 or so, it left thousands more in bondage within the border states of Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Despite efforts by the Federal government to recruit black men into the army during the summer
Charles Hall was born a slave in 1811. Over the course of his life, he was owned by three different men. On March 24th, 1856, Hall emancipated himself via the Underground Railroad.
In the 1860s, Hall was interviewed while living in Canada. Here, he tells of his life in bondage,
If you've found yourself in a conversation about more recent politics, there's a fairly good chance that you were either called a "snowflake" or called someone else a "snowflake."
This epiphet of late popularity was grown in its usage over the past year or so. In a debate, the person who
Eda Harper was born a slave in Mississippi. During a short interview with a worker from the Federal Writers Project in 1937, she shared a few of her remembrances. Discussed are her hatred for the song "Dixie," as well as how she learned of her freedom come the end of
What follows is an interview of former slave, Tom Hawkins. It was conducted in 1938 as part of the Federal Writers' Project. Mr. Hawkins, interviewed in his mid to late 70s when he lived in Athens, Georgia. After a short introduction by the interviewer, Mr. Hawkins tells his own story.
With great zeal, many Confederate apologists attempt to convince themselves and others that the Confederacy seceded from the United States for the noble causes of liberty, self-rule and states rights. This is only understandable - the historical reasons given by most Southern leaders were not exactly heroic, becoming or moral.
William Lloyd Garrison had spoken of disunion for decades. His weekly newspaper, The Liberator, was helmed with the slogan: "No Union With Slaveholders." From the 1840s, he had called the Constitution a "covenant with death" and even "an agreement with hell." He saw the Union as a "hollow mockery," a