Best Books About Frederick Douglass

It is surprising how few books there are about Frederick Douglass. The lack of books about this iconic figure is mostly due to the fact that Douglass himself wrote three great autobiographies, thus reducing the need for more books about his life. Yet, scholars have recently written a number of new books that are worth … Read more

Timeline of Harriet Tubman’s Life

The following is a timeline of events in Harriet Tubman’s life: 1785-1790: ♦ In 1785-1790, Harriet Tubman’s parents, Harriet Green and Ben Ross, are born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland. Green is owned by Atthow Pattison and Ross is owned by Anthony Thompson. 1797: ♦ In 1797, Atthow Pattison dies and leaves Harriet Green … Read more

Best Books About Harriet Tubman

Although there have been scores of children’s books published on Harriet Tubman, there are few full scale biographies for adults. The first book about Tubman was published in 1869 with the assistance of Tubman herself who was nearly destitute and hoped sales from the book would provide some much needed financial assistance for her and … Read more

African-Americans in the Civil War

African-Americans played an important part in the Civil War. From soldiers and laborers to nurses and spies, their presence had a significant impact on the outcome of the war. African-American Soldiers and Laborers: It is estimated that over 180,000 African-American men served as soldiers in the Civil War. These soldiers served in all black regiments … Read more

Stonewall Jackson’s Account of John Brown’s Execution

Stonewall Jackson was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in December of 1859 when he was ordered, along with his cadets, to provide security at John Brown‘s execution in Charlestown, Virginia. John Brown had recently been condemned to death after his failed raid in October on Harper’s Ferry in Virginia. After rumors began to … Read more

Christmas During the Civil War

Many of the current Christmas traditions celebrated today actually started during the Civil War era. Although Christmas wasn’t an official holiday until President Ulysses S. Grant made it one in 1870, many Americans observed the holiday throughout the war as a way to find comfort and bond with family members through long-lost traditions. Christmas was … Read more