We have observed Black History Month for over forty years in the United States. The month of February has been selected as a time for us to compensate for an education which likely neglected the contributions, trials and advances made by black Americans.
Though Black History Month became official in 1976,
On the night of January 26, 1880, a black Virginian named Richard Woods was lynched because he was found to be living with a white woman named Nancy Williams. He was the second black man in a week to be lynched for miscegenation in Virginia. This time, it was in
One of the more volatile fears held by whites in the century following the Civil War was miscegenation. The idea of a black man marrying or even talking freely with a white woman was terrifying. Regardless of the decisions made by the white woman, the black man was almost always
Like many former slaves, Lorenzo Ivy was interviewed by the WPA in 1937. At that time, he was 87 years old. But long before that, way back in 1874, he was interviewed while a student at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, the alma mater of Booker T. Washington -
William Grimes was born a slave in King George County, Virginia in 1784. His mother was a slave, but his father was Benjamin Grymes, a wealthy slave owner. Because his mother was owned by a man named Dr. Steward, he was also owned by Dr. Steward.
Until he was thirty
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
The Three-Fifths Clause of the Constitution states that population determined both "representatives and direct taxes". That number was "to be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons ... and three-fifths of all other Persons."
While the document stopped just short of referring to these "other persons" as slaves,
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.
As an ambassador for secession, Henry Benning spoke to Virginians, sharing with them the many reasons to join the Confederacy – all of which were slavery.
Slavery had grown and expanded nearly to its full potential by the middle of the 1800s. With the vast tracts of land now opened in the West, slavery had the chance to spread almost unabated into the West. While it grew at an alarming rate - higher than in many