This week on The Historians Podcast, David Fiske described an 1840s enslavement case (similar to Solomon Northup) involving an African American named Eli Terry of Indiana. Fiske, previously co-author of a book on Northup, will speak on the Eli Terry case at Solomon Northup Day at the Willsboro, New York, School on Saturday, July 20 at 4 pm. [Read more…] about The Enslavement of Eli Terry of Indiana
Solomon Northup Day has been set for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Willsboro School, 29 School Lane, Willsboro, from 4 to 5:30 pm.
Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, who was lured from home in 1841, abducted and sold into slavery in the South. After years as a slave, he was rescued and authored the book Twelve Years a Slave. The book was the basis for the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave. [Read more…] about Solomon Northup Day Planned for July 20th
The Tenth Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day, set for Saturday, August 3rd, is set to recognize three women of color important to Underground Railroad history in Peterboro, at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley, Peterboro. [Read more…] about Harriet Russell’s Journey From Slavery to New York
Angolans are in the news. Recently there has been a surge in migrants from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a decade of hardly any migration from these countries, suddenly the numbers have increased specifically to Portland, Maine and to San Antonio, Texas. The surge has reportedly overwhelmed some in those communities. Central African migrants are less likely to have relatives already in the country to whom they can turn for assistance. [Read more…] about Slavery in New York: An Angolan Case Study
The latest episode of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features Dr. Rachel Shelden and Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor.
Rachel Sheldon talked about her book Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War. Shelden’s book focuses on the personal relationships forged by Washington politicians during the tumultuous 1850s. While much of the country remained divided over slavery, elected officials, insulated by the fraternity-like atmosphere of Congress, failed to recognize the gravity of the secession crisis. [Read more…] about Civil War Round Table: Coming War, Refugee Slaves
The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site has announced Slavery, Freemen, the War of 1812, and A House Divided, has been set for Saturday July 6, 2019 at 1 pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discover the story of slavery in New York State prior to the Revolutionary War, learn about African-American men serving at Sackets Harbor on combat ships in the War of 1812, and visit the historic site commandant’s house, home of a Southern-born Navy officer on the eve of the Civil War. [Read more…] about Slavery, Freemen, the War of 1812, and A House Divided
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, David Young, the Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society, joins us to explore the early American history of Delaware from its Native American inhabitants through its emergence as the first state in the United States. [Read more…] about An Early History of Delaware
The drama Possessing Harriet that debuted at Syracuse Stage in October 2018 will be presented at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark on July 13th, 2019. [Read more…] about Play Highlights 1839 Escape of Enslaved Woman
In 1492, Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic linked Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. As Columbus’ sponsor, Spain became the first European Power to use the peoples, resources, and lands of the Americas and the Caribbean as the basis for its Atlantic Empire.
How did this empire function and what wealth was Spain able to extract from these peoples and lands? [Read more…] about Pearls and the Nature of the Spanish Empire
“Dwellings of the Enslaved and Freed in the City and Town of Rye,” will be the topic of a program at the Jay Heritage Center this Sunday, June 9th, beginning at 2 pm.
Participants can learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after Emancipation. There will be a focus on the original Jay Estate on the Post Road in Rye, and the recent archaeological discovery of a Dutch brick building on the property by Prof. Eugene Boesch and a group of volunteers.