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The Reenactment of Two Executions

This past week, a video has been making the rounds among Native American social media accounts. The footage, filmed in June of this past year, features a reenactment by the Westmoreland County Historical Society’s of the 1785 public hanging of a Mamachtaga, a Native man, at Hanna’s Town, Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland

‘What If The Mob Should Now Burst In Upon Us?’ – Angelina Grimke’s Speech at Pennsylvania Hall

During the 1830s, the anti-slavery movement began to splinter along various lines. While most originally favored a gradual emancipation followed by swift colonization of former slaves, others were growing more radical. The idea of immediate abolition was beginning to grow.  The Grimke Sisters, Angela and Sarah, were at the forefront of this movement.

That they were women caused still another rift. Even in such progressive movements as abolitionism, there was a push back against women taking political roles. This rift grew more prominent with the increasing popularity of these two fiery sisters.

“As a Southerner I feel that it is my duty to stand up here tonight and bear testimony against slavery. I have seen it – I have seen it. I know it has horrors that can never be described. I was brought up under its wing: I witnessed for many years its demoralizing influences, and its destructiveness to human happiness.” – Angelina Grimke

In this piece, we’ll look at Angelina Grimke’s 1838 speech in Philadelphia, on the night anti-abolitionists burned down Pennsylvania Hall.

The Escape and Revenge of Frank Wanzer

The Confederacy and Southern Cause are, of course, huge parts of Southern history. The battles where Southern men killed and died consume nearly the full focus of the subject. While many celebrate the bravery and actions on the battlefield and homefront alike, I’d like to highlight some forgotten heroes of

Exploring the Depths of ‘White Slavery’

In conversations about slavery in the United States, the question of “white slavery” is often raised. It is reasoned that if whites could also be slaves, then slavery wasn’t necessarily based upon race, but upon social status or some other factor. This understanding problematic as it attempts to redefine chattel slavery as it was understood in pre-Civil War America.

Maybe it’s a good idea to take a deeper look at what hereditary slavery was and whether white people were actually subject to such an institution.

Forgotten Heroes of Southern History: Ellen and William Craft – A Desperate Leap for Liberty

The escape to freedom by Ellen and William Craft is one of the most famous and daring stories of self-emancipation. Over the course of eight days, the newly-weds conceived of, planned and executed a brilliant plot to gain their liberty and find new lives for themselves. Since Ellen appeared to be nearly white, a plan was concocted that she would pose as William’s master, and together would make their way to the North and to freedom.