Before the Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, even before Abraham Lincoln took office, the seven seceded states sent commissioners to the still-loyal slave states in the hopes of convincing them to join their fledgling Confederacy. They all said basically the same thing: the destruction of slavery and the equality of
During the Lost Cause era, slavery's role as the cause of secession and the Civil War was flatly denied. Among the arsenal of "proof" the adherents to this doctrine often focused upon General Grant. ((As shown previously.)) They understood that Grant had never been an abolitionist. More importantly, they hoped
Religion has always played a large role in race relations throughout American history. This week, we'll take a closer look at three separate lynchings, all of which have racial overtones. First, we'll hear from a Presbyterian minister who urged his congregation to lynch a black man for allegedly killing a
The rights of women and of black Americans are often held in comparison. This was true as far back as the early 1800s. In the North, it was rare to find a woman who supported feminism yet did not also fight for the cause of abolitionism. While there were, of
David Walker published his Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, in 1829 Boston, having left his home in Wilmington, North Carolina years before. Born a free black person in the late 1700s, Walker, as detailed in a previous article, recognized the evil of slavery and became a
William Moore was born a slave in Selma, Alabama, owned by Tom Waller. During the Civil War, the Wallers moved from Selma to Mexica, Texas, in the hopes of avoiding the United States soldiers. In this interview from the 1930s, Tom details the conditions of living as "Massa Tom's" property.
Mr. Reed, born into slavery in Mississippi, was interviewed in 1929. He talks about the education of slaves, religion, last names, the Civil War, the treatment of female slaves, and lynching during the Jim Crow Era. These may not be easy words to hear, but are word worth hearing.