Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sex and Why Ordinary White Southerners Fought for Slavery

Yesterday’s  Disunion in the New York Times, written by Nina Silber, asks a significant question. How can slavery be the cause of the Civil War, when in 1861 most southern households owned no slaves? It is a question that has … Continue reading

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Northern Complicity in Slavery During the Civil War

In yesterday’s Disunion in the New York Times, Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman shared a piece entitled “Partners in Iniquity.” It basically explores how the northern states were complicit in and benefited from slavery throughout its existence. This is a fact well-known … Continue reading

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Benjamin Butler and the Contrabands

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine contains an article by Adam Goodheart, titled “How Slavery Really Ended in America,” adapted from his book, 1861: The Civil War Awakening. It tells the story of how in late May 1861, slaves began fleeing to the … Continue reading

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Not An April Fools Joke

While Civil War Emancipation celebrates the end of African-American slavery in the Civil War, the fact remains that unfree labor persists around the world in the 21st Century, including sadly in the United States. Every June, the U.S. State Department issues a … Continue reading

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