150 Years Young

There are so many major anniversaries around the events leading up to, and of the Civil War these days. Many of them commemorate important, but tragic events. Today we commemorate, but also celebrate, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. We all know the name, we all remember something about it, depending […]

Black History Month

Today marks the start of African-American History Month. Quite appropriately, the majority of events and activities celebrate the many contributions of African-Americans to the history of our nation. But just as appropriately, it is also a time to reflect on the history of African-Americans in the story of our nation. The new Smithsonian National Museum […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

200 years ago, on June 14, 1811 Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born. The sixth of eleven children of the prominent clergyman, the Reverend Lyman Beecher, all seven of her brothers became ministers, but her calling was to the written word. 160 years ago, on June 5, 1851, the paper The National Era published the first […]

“Uncle Tom was no Uncle Tom”

Steve Simms has had a revelation: I Actually Read, Uncle Tom’s Cabin When I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin … I was shocked to learn that Uncle Tom was no Uncle Tom. He was not weak or servile. He was not a wimp. He didn’t cooperate with his owners for selfish reasons or for personal advantage. […]

Did “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Start the Civil War?

That’s the question asked in today’s NY Daily News by David Reynolds, distinguished professor at CUNY and author of the upcoming “Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America” and the editor of “Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Splendid Edition.” This year marks both the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of […]

A signing heard ’round the world.

On this day in 1860, 150 years ago, South Carolina seceded from the Union, setting in motion the events that led to the American Civil War. As author Edward Ball points out in his NYTimes Op Ed, while it’s popular now for many to describe it as a battle over the constitutional issue of States’ […]