The Confederate Flag Will No Longer Fly at the South Carolina State Capitol

The governor is removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, but Southern politicians are still careful not to offend the folks who are proud of their Confederate heritage.

A Few Books and Movies About Slavery

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(04-03-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  A rather random list, I know, but It's my list. If you want a longer list, google it. And if you want a complete book review or movie review, again, google it. This is just a list. Of course the first book about slavery on any list should be Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It's fiction, but based firmly in the harsh reality of slavery.

What Would Black History Be if the Reconstruction Era Had Continued?

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(04-02-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  If only the Union Army had stayed in the South, if only the Reconstruction era had been longer... Lincoln went to war to get the South back into the Union. Although the war was mostly about slavery, his initial aim was not to abolish it. He wrote as much in a letter in 1862: "[...] If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, ..."

Slaveholders, Militant Immediatists and Everyone Else on the Abolitionist Spectrum

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(03-21-2014, updated 07-15-2018) White Slave owners, black slave owners, gradualists, immediatists, militants, persuasive abolitionists,moral abolitionists and those who wanted to see all blacks move to Liberia. Yesterday I promised that I would qualify the anti-slavery movement.I mentioned that the North was largely against slavery and the South was largely for it. Well, the white South, that is. But of course things were never quite that black and white, pardon the pun.

American History Education and Me: Broad Strokes, Please!

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(03-19-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  What should history education be: the battles (and the dates and the dead) or the reasons they were fought? Let me pause for a moment and make an even stronger disclaimer than I made in last night's post. My focus is on slavery in this series of posts, so I focus on slavery when discussing the Civil War.

American Slavery and the Civil War: A Quick When and Why

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(03-18-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  There's really no such thing as a quick overview of this topic, so I feel a series coming on. A Dutch friend said that she didn't learn that much about American slavery in high school. I learned a lot--enough to argue viciously with my distant relatives in Bakersfield, California when I visited them at the annoying age of 18, anyway.

Laura Plantation: A Museum on the Mississippi

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(03-16-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  The remains of a sugar plantation along the Mississippi in Louisiana. Laura Plantation is a museum in Vacherie, Louisiana, one of the old sugar plantations along the River Road. It's named after Laura Locoul Gore, granddaughter of the Frenchman Guillaume Duparc who settled there in 1804. It's one of the thousand or so Creole plantation homes that used to line the Mississippi from New Orleans on up to Baton Rouge.