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,
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
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 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
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.
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.