During the Secession Winter of 1860-1861, several seceding slave states sent commissioners to border slave states in the hopes of convincing them to join them in leaving the United States. In some cases, such as Virginia and Tennessee, the targeted states seceded. In others, such as in Kentucky and Delaware,
Delaware has always been exceptional. This enigma of a state, tiny as she may be, has never found her place in history. During the Civil War, the slave states of Delaware did not secede. Instead it sent 12,000 of its citizens to the United States Army. And though it remained
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 actual history of the African-American vote is more complex than we often think. Across both the North and the South, the right was most often denied.
Following the Civil War, most Southern whites figured that though the slaves had been freed, they would behave pretty much as they had prior to the war. Certainly, they would have to be paid some pittance, but their status would be fairly unchanged. Unfortunately for these Southern whites, this was
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