Category Archives: Historical

Remembering Slave Revolts on Juneteenth

No matter what you think about our newest federal holiday, to me it’s more evidence that race is the thread that connects all of our history. For example, I’ve just found a National Geographic article entitled “How Two Centuries of Slave Revolts Shaped American History” by Erin Blakemore (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/two-centuries-slave-rebellions-shaped-american-history?). Most people are familiar with Nat

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The Amazing Life of Benjamin Banneker

Illustrated portrait of American author, astronomer, and farmer Benjamin Banneker (1731 – 1806), mid to late 18th century. Credit: Getty Images I should’ve saved this for Black History Month, but it’s too good a story to hold onto. Benjamin Banneker was a naturalist, mathematician, astronomer and almanac author. He was a landowner who also worked as a surveyor and farmer. But the most amazing part is he

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Escaping in Plain Sight

I’ve always claimed so much of our past never makes it into the history books. This is especially true for stories about slavery. This being Black History Month, a recently published book gives another example of the ingenuity of slaves. William and Ellen Craft were a married couple, enslaved in Georgia but determined to escape

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The Speeches You Never Heard

It’s easy to be familiar with history’s great speeches, like President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But have you ever thought about speeches that were written and, for whatever reason, never delivered? Jeff Nussbaum has. As a speechwriter himself, he has researched and authored Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History. His underlying principle

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The Other Escape Path From Slavery

Much as been made of the Underground Railroad, the overland network of paths that headed north and was utilized by escaping slaves for decades. But many don’t realize there were other paths to freedom. One of these was the so-called Saltwater Railroad, which ran south into Florida, following the coastal waterway. Recall that Florida was

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