Category: slavery

The Problem With “It sounds better…” 6

The Problem With “It sounds better…”

“It sounds better coming from an African American.” I keep hearing this statement in reference to who should tell visitors the story of slavery at sites that do not do first person interpretation. Let...

Freedom 0

Freedom

The last post of 2012 is a simple one. The text of the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s on display at the National Archives tomorrow. A Transcription By the President of the United States of America:...

“All of Us Would Walk Together” 1

“All of Us Would Walk Together”

I have had just about the best experience working with the sites in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Most of my work has been with Historic St. Mary’s City, but what I have done absolutely...

Honoring those of the Middle Passage 0

Honoring those of the Middle Passage

  I have always been impressed with Historic Sotterley’s narrative of enslaved life. They don’t shy away from it and you know for me that’s essential. When I toured the site back in March,...

Discovering the Dark Side of Jefferson 1

Discovering the Dark Side of Jefferson

Hopefully by now, many of you have read this excerpt from Henry Wiencek from his upcoming book, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. ...

Thoughts on the Emancipation Proclamation 2

Thoughts on the Emancipation Proclamation

On Sept 22nd, many commemorated the 150th anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. My twitter buddy @SlaveryDatabase participated in an event that celebrated the crossing of the Rappahannock River. In 1862, slaves crossed this river...

For Teachers pt 2 1

For Teachers pt 2

Okay I’m back at it. Teachers, and really anybody else looking for more resources, I’ve started a page dedicated to books, websites, suggested readings, whatever…for you to utilize. A lot of the websites have...

Cross Post from Interpretive Challenges 0

Cross Post from Interpretive Challenges

Every now and then I cross post when something really strikes my eye. My homie in historical goodness Emmanuel Dabney with the National Parks Service also blogs about our challenges to tell the story...

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