Jim Crow

Looks like the Virginia General Assembly has been busy with resolutions about the Civil War era.  Last week I shared Sen. Henry Marsh's resolution that would set aside a day to honor Abraham Lincoln and today I bring to you another resolution sponsored by Marsh that would honor black Virginians, who served in state government [...]

There is an interesting article over at Psychology Today, if only because it takes a different perspective on the controversy surrounding Confederate History Month.  Molly Costelloe Fong suggests that Governor McDonnell's proclamation may have certain psychological effects within the black community owing to the long-term legacy of slavery: When one group deliberately inflicts suffering on [...]

The first day with my two sections of the Civil War Memory course went quite well.  Both sections are incredibly enthusiastic and, for the most part, seem to be interested in the subject.  After going over the basic outline of the course, including my expectations, we dove in and explored the question of who won [...]

"I see dead people." The Sixth Sense (1999) According to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown "we're just two lifetimes removed from [the] ugly history of slavery."  That acknowledgment seems to play an important role as Brown deals with the fallout surrounding the discovery that his ancestors were slaveowners.  What was once abstract becomes personal and [...]

Today I worked my way through the Richmond Daily-Dispatch looking for accounts of Confederate military executions when I came across this little item from February 17, 1865: The negroes not to ride in the Philadelphia street cars. --The Philadelphia Ledger contains the following account of the failure of the first regular effort to allow "colored" [...]