According to newspapers in 1905, a play called The Clansman was responsible for a lynching. If the name of this play sounds familiar to you, it might be because it was adapted a decade later into the film The Birth of a Nation. Written by Thomas Dixon, Jr, The Clansman
George Washington Albright was born enslaved to a Mississippi planter, but later served in the Reconstructed legislature. While in bondage, his mother secretly taught him to read and write. During the war, he took part in a secret organization bringing news of freedom to the enslaved people of the South. After the war ended, not only was he part of the new Mississippi government, he helped to organize free schools for the former slaves. When the Ku Klux Klan began to push back, he helped to form black militias to beat them back.
Mr. Albright goes on to explain why poor whites decided to side with the rich whites rather than with blacks and their own self-interests. He also explains why, by the 1900s, he could no longer consider himself part of the Republican Party.
Through much of the South, Confederate Memorial Day continues to be celebrated. With ceremony and paid time off, the adherents to the Southern Cause have long come together to remember the Confederate dead, lament their defeat in the Civil War, and wax prejudicial about black Americans. Let's take a look
This week in history, we'll take quick looks at one of the earliest slave revolts, Pennsylvania's incredibly slow emancipation, the ban of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the day that Arkansas made being a free black person illegal, a couple Confederate flags, two different Reconstruction-era acts, and quite a bit more.
In the book Hampton and Its Students , published in 1874, the authors interviewed former slaves who were now students at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institution, an integrated school on the tip of the Virginia Peninsula. Started by the American Missionary Association in 1868 to give the newly-liberated slave