25th United States Colored Troops, February 1864
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the nation’s finest historians gathered at Norfolk State University to discuss the role of race and slavery in the war that cost hundreds of thousands of American lives. With topics including the myth of black Confederates, the quest for black rights in the middle of the war, and the role of the Underground Railroad as a cause for the war, With Good Reason presents the highlights from the conference. Among the speakers: James O. Horton, “The Unfinished Civil War;” David Blight, “John Washington; How, When, Where and Why Emancipation Happened;” and James McPherson, “Slavery,Freedom, and the Union Navy.”
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Free Blacks During the Civil War
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Who was singing the version of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ played on the show this weekend? The treatment was absolutely gorgeous.
Excellent program re our understanding (or misunderstanding) of Civil War history. I am recommending it to others.
To Matt: the a cappella music was from Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Writing as a U.S. Slavery Descendant, it is shocking to find even more evidence of the level to which the USA truly has refused to acknowledge the Black American People- who we are, and the truths about our several roles PRE-DATING the USA, and in creating & shaping the USA. This is especially true of Black American Women’s leadership and position. AS MORE & MORE FACTS – FIRSTHAND, from Black American perspectives – FINALLY are allowed to “escape”, the next 5-15 years will be extremely interesting. Like the “overlooked”, long-forgotten MS. RUTH WASHINGTON- retired WASHINGTON, DC Public Schools educator & granddaughter of JOHN WASHINGTON (who had not been empowered to know her grandfather’s STORY)- What does it mean to be an AFRODESCENDANT of the USA? Will “erasing” us prevail, or finally meet defeat??