Category Archives: Civil War

July Fourth ramble

When it comes to July Fourth, the official birthday of the US, I’m all over the map. As people pay homage to the Founding Fathers, I’m reminded of the many slaves who sided with King George because he was offering … Continue reading

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Juneteenth

Freedom in the US for black citizens is a blue tune. From servitude to discrimination, there has been a chasm between the country’s ideals and reality on the ground. Juneteenth is a celebration of black freedom. On June 19, 1865, … Continue reading

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The history of Memorial Day is African-American history

Today is Memorial Day. Peace and comfort to families who lost loved ones in our recent war and all previous ones. Let’s also remember the day is connected to the Civil War and African-American history. The first Memorial Day was … Continue reading

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Yale professor David Blight talks about Frederick Douglass

David Blight is professor from Yale University and expert on the Civil War. In this April lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the professor discusses abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his political transformation during the Civil War. I’m biased, of … Continue reading

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Happy July Fourth!

If you have followed this blog for a while you know I have a few obsessions, outside of Rick McCoy. Love Frederick Douglass. Am convinced it’s impossible to get a hold of American history, especially the Civil War, without some … Continue reading

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