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.”


Want to dig deeper? Explore Encyclopedia Virginia:

Slavery During the Civil War

Black Confederates

Free Blacks During the Civil War


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