Monthly Archives: November 2012

Race and Spielberg’s Lincoln

I at last had the chance to see Steven Spielberg’s┬áLincoln this weekend, so I can finally join the small army of scholars and other commentators who have chosen to share their thoughts on this film. Simply as cinema, it was … Continue reading

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Shocking New York Times Article

In studying the American Civil War, the Atlantic slave trade generally is not an issue that gets much attention from either history enthusiasts or academics scholars. Legal importation of slaves in the United States had ended in 1808. In the … Continue reading

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Refugeeing Virginia Slaves

“Negroes Driven South By The Rebel Officers,”┬áHarper’s Weekly, November 8, 1862 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If slaves were intent on gaining their freedom in the American Civil War, southern slaveholders were just as intent on keeping their human property. In late Fall 1862, … Continue reading

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Black Soldiers See The Elephant

When Civil War scholars and enthusiasts think of the first experience of black Union soldiers in combat in the American Civil War, what comes to mind is generally the early battles of black troops at Port Hudson (May 1863) and … Continue reading

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