Monthly Archives: July 2011

Business as Usual — For Now

While slavery came under pressure in Virginia and Maryland in the late spring and early summer of 1861, elsewhere in the South the business of slavery went on, now seemingly secure under the Confederate government. On July 7, 1861, the … Continue reading

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A Complaint to President Lincoln

Slavery was under assault in the late spring and early summer 1861 from the acts of individual Union soldiers, the slaves themselves, and even members of Congress. Of the loyal slave states, none was more affected during this period than … Continue reading

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Congress Takes the Lead on Emancipation

History generally lionizes Abraham Lincoln for his role in emancipation in the Civil War. He gets called “The Great Emancipator” and his Emancipation Proclamation gets treated as one of the great documents of American history. While Lincoln certainly does deserve … Continue reading

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Achilles Heel of the Contraband Policy, Part 2

The June 26 issue of Civil War Emancipation┬ádiscussed an unintentional defect of the Contraband of War policy–that it only gave refuge to slaves of disloyal owners, while slaves of both loyal and disloyal owners wanted to be free. The policy’s … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

My all-time favorite Frederick Douglass speech is “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Douglass delivered this address in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. In it, Douglass attacked the hypocrisy of a holiday celebrating freedom when millions … Continue reading

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