The Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass is one of the most well-known abolitionists and orators of the Civil War era. Born a slave, under the name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, in February 1818 on a plantation in Maryland, Douglass was the son of a slave woman and an unknown white man. Separated from his mother when he was only … Read more

Did a Gypsy Predict John Wilkes Booth’s Fate?

John Wilkes Booth was a handsome, successful stage actor in 1865 when he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. A staunch confederate and supporter of slavery, Booth felt Lincoln’s actions during the Civil War had gone too far. After Booth’s original plan to kidnap Lincoln failed, Booth hatched a new plan to assassinate Lincoln instead. He succeeded on … Read more

The Life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave, an abolitionist and one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad. Tubman made a total of 19 trips between the north and the south over 10 years and brought 300 slaves to freedom, including her own family. Known as a fearless and determined conductor, Tubman risked her … Read more

The Underground Railroad

The underground railroad was a system of safe houses that stretched from the south all the way to Canada. The purpose of the safe houses was to hide and protect runaway slaves trying to reach freedom in the north. It is estimated that over 100,000 slaves escaped through the underground railroad, though many more tried. … Read more