Monthly Archives: June 2011

Why the Slaves Fled

Explaining why slaves fled their owners during the Civil War seemingly is easy. With the approach of Union forces, they saw a chance to be free and took it. However, it is also useful in comprehending the slaves’ motives to … Continue reading

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Trafficking in Person’s Report

Every year, the U.S. State Department issues a “Trafficking in Person’s Report.” The report describes the state of human trafficking related to unfree labor. The 2011 edition was issued yesterday, June 27, 2011. Although unrelated to the emancipation of slaves … Continue reading

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Disunion – The Underground Railroad Emerges

Adam Goodheart has been the most prolific and consistently good contributor to the Disunion blog in the New York Times. His piece yesterday in Disunion certainly is not an exception. In it, he discusses how the Lincoln administration’s contraband policy brought into … Continue reading

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Achilles Heel of the Contraband Policy

The Achilles Heel of Contraband of War policy was how it only applied to the slaves of disloyal owners. It did not take into account the desire of slaves to be free, regardless of their owner’s stance about secession. Likewise, … Continue reading

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What A Difference Three Months Makes

Fort Pickens in Florida was a backwater of the Civil War. Built in the 1830s on a barrier island to protect the entrance to Pensacola Bay, Union forces manned it at the start of the Civil War, and unlike Fort Sumter, … Continue reading

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Worried Virginia Slaveholders, Part 2

If the purpose of Virginia’s secession was to ease the minds of Virginia’s slaveholders, the move backfired. With the Commonwealth’s proximity to Union territory, especially the federal capital of Washington, D.C., and with the move of the Confederate capital into … Continue reading

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Slavery and Confederate Finances – Wishful Thinking

Happy Juneteenth! On June 19, 1861, the Daily Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, published an article analyzing the financial position of both the Union and Confederate governments. The article argued the Confederate government had considerably greater tax revenue capacity because the South … Continue reading

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