The Slave-based Economy: Slavery the Source of White Real Estate and Power

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series How Whites Hold Blacks Back

To discuss race and real estate, we must go back to the beginning of white land use in America, when the South was a slave-based economy.

The Blurry Lines Between White Responsibility, White Privilege and Racism

Some thoughts about my own white responsibility, my white privilege and my unconscious racism, and a few shocking peeks at living while black in Trump Country

What Passes for American History Education is Pathetic, and Now I Know Why

American history education is comprised mostly of disjointed, unimportant personal anecdotes, dates of battles and numbers killed. Cause and effect are barely touched upon. I can see why kids think, "Booooring!"

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 I Can Recommend

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

A rather random list of books and movies about slavery, I know, but It's my list. If you want a longer list, google it.

What Would Black History Look Like if the Reconstruction Had Continued?

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

If the Federal Army had stayed in the South longer, if the Reconstruction had lasted longer, if America didn't experience the century-long setback that came after the Federal Army left, what would black history look like now?

Slaveholders, Militant Immediatists and Others on the Abolition Spectrum

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

White Slaveholders, Black slaveholders, gradualists, immediatists, persuasive abolitionists,moral abolitionists and those who wanted all blacks shipped to Liberia -- they covered a broad spectrum of opinions that ranged from pro slavery to unconditional freedom.

Free People of Color: Before Abolition It Was a Freedom with Qualifications

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

Before the abolition of slavery, freedom didn't mean the same thing for free people of color as it meant for whites. There were lots of formal and informal restrictions.

What Is Good History Education: Civil War Battles or Why They Were Fought?

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

In good history education, the focus is not the war itself. (In this case the American Civil War.) It's why it was fought, the effects of a war on the following years, decades, centuries, and most importantly, what we learned from it.

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

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

There's really no such thing as a quick overview of American slavery and the Civil War, so this is turning into a series.