Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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