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Yaller Gal – The Fortnightly Word

One of the things that keeps us from easily accessing primary sources is their language. Though documents from our past are in English, it's often a very different creation than we know now. I enjoy discovering and understanding words almost as much as I enjoy history. From time to time,

Using Fear of Racial Equality to Sell Secession

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

The Politically Correct Origins of the Confederate Battle Flag

“It avoided the religious objection about the cross (from the Jews and many Protestant sects),” William Porcher Miles explained to P.G.T. Beauregard in August of 1861, “because it did not stand out so conspicuously as if the cross had been placed upright thus.”

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.

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