Black Hero Nat Turner, His Legacy, and the Memory of Slave History

More than two centuries ago, black hero Nat Turner was born on this day.  Yet, as Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi note in their groundbreaking new book, Transatlantic Memories of Slavery: Reimagining the Past, Changing the Future that "Unlike other black enslaved heroes and fighters against slavery, whose monuments can be found all over the other Americas, there is… Continue reading Black Hero Nat Turner, His Legacy, and the Memory of Slave History

President Abraham Lincoln and Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on Slavery

One hundred and fifty-three years ago on this day, President Abraham Lincoln had issued a preliminary proclamation warning that he would order the emancipation of all slaves in any state that did not end its rebellion against the Union by January 1, 1863. Today the history and memory of slavery is an important area of… Continue reading President Abraham Lincoln and Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on Slavery

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. ” – Abraham Lincoln

  Although declared 156  years ago, Abraham Lincoln's words still resonate today--some would say, more than ever. This famous House Divided speech was made by Abraham Lincoln, who was unafraid to oppose slavery in spite of its wide acceptance and immense pressure to change his position. This resolute stance eventually led to the Emancipation Proclamation… Continue reading “A house divided against itself cannot stand. ” – Abraham Lincoln