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Arkansas Resolutions: “Compromise” on the Eve of the Civil War by Curtis Harris With each Civil War anniversary, public debate on the cause and meaning of the war as well as the meaning and outcomes of Reconstruction is reinvigorated. That debate has often centered on how we choose to memorialize the war, including who should be memorialized. In October 2017, …
The Loathsome Den: Sexual Assault on the Plantation, #MeToo of the 19th century by Curtis Harris In 1868, Elizabeth Keckly published Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. The memoir detailed the 50-year old Keckly’s three decades as a slave, how she secured freedom for herself and her son, and her friendship …
This post is part of our Black History Month blog series. Though many black leaders decried Lincoln’s tardy efforts to act definitively on slavery, when he finally did release the Emancipation Proclamation, both the freed and enslaved African-American community rejoiced at this decisive step towards freedom. Today’s black history month post will highlight a few of these responses.
American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows recently visited the Cottage to deliver the annual Law Day message. The theme of Law Day this year is “Realizing the Dream – Equality for All.” In the message, President Bellows passionately invokes President Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation as the beginning of the end of slavery in this country. View the video here …
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Cottage opened “Can You Walk Away? Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the United States” in February 2012. This special exhibit challenges perceptions of slavery in America today and raises awareness of a growing humanitarian crisis. By posing the question, “Can you walk away?” this exhibit inspires people to engage …
The Development of Lincoln’s Views on Slavery Among President Lincoln’s many great acts and accomplishments, one of the most significant was the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. By this act, he legally and formally initiated a profound shift in moral perception. The document was developed during the months that Lincoln spent at the Soldiers’ Home.