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
American history is no stranger to intentional societies and religious communities. The United Society of Believers, more commonly known as the Shakers, was one of the earliest Anabaptist sects. Remembered mostly for their innovative furniture and complete celibacy, they stood out from typical Christianity, practicing equality of not only the
There are several go-to arguments that modern day Confederate apologists reach for when the topic of slavery is broached. One of the most well trodden is Stonewall Jackson’s supposedly illegal all-black Sunday school. We are to believe that out of the goodness of his heart, Stonewall Jackson defied the laws of the land, and risked jail time, because he loved black people so much that he couldn’t wait to teach them to read. Let’s take a closer look at not only Jackson’s Sunday school, but at his childhood among his family’s slaves, and his adult life as a slave owner.