Finding Phibby (see blog from July, 2011) changed my entire life as it relates to my desire to study history. I have read about many enslaved people who ran away from their enslavers, but none have had the same impact on me as Phibby. For the first time, ever, I found someone and that someone became … More The Unmasking of George Washington in Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017) (Book Review)
If you’re ever in the Raleigh/Durham area, you should visit the Stagville Plantation Home and Slave Cabins. There is considerable history worth exploring, such as a slave street, complete with 4 or 5 multi “family” slave cabins and a huge barn built by enslaved men, assembled and the beams joined together by an African system … More Stagville Plantation: A Must Visit Destination
There is a new television show I thought I would tell you about. Underground is currently showing first run episodes on WGNA, Wednesdays at 10:00PM. Underground is 4 episodes into its first season and I must admit I was skeptical when I heard about this show. I worried it would not be historically accurate. I … More TV Show Worth Checking Out
Advertising, in one form or another, has been around since the beginning of civilization. There is no way to know when it actually began, but one can argue advertising was set in motion when that first merchant selling his goods, at the first market, placed a sign on his merchandise to inform buyers of the … More From Slavery to Present Day: The Evolution of African Americans in Advertising
The television show “Julia” was my very first favorite show. I was almost five years old when the program first aired on tv and when I headed to first grade….well, of course I carried my “Julia” lunchbox with great pride. I had no idea that some 35 plus years later I would be asked to … More An Historical Myth: Julia as a Groundbreaking Television Show
By the late 1930s, a second world war loomed in Europe. The United States Congress legislated a policy of non-involvement should such a conflict break out, with the passage of more than one Neutrality Act. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, however, thrust America into World War II. Militarily the United States had failed to maintain … More The Home Front: How Rivets and Ration Cards Won WWII
Every day, it seems, I hear someone say “America is about to experience a revolution.” This is always interesting to me because I wonder what they mean by their comment? Are they referring to a revolution as was our experience when we fought, and won, our independence from the Crown? If that revolution is what … More The Great Depression of the 1930s: Was America Close to a Revolution?
Sometimes you read a really great book and you take away so much from it that you just want to share with others what you’ve discovered. That is what this is…a discovery of what Anne Moody shared in her autobiography and what I took from it. Anne Moody grew up in what was the most … More Anne Moody and Coming of Age in Mississippi: Civil Activism and the Generation Gap
As I travel throughout the south, from one plantation or museum to another, the one constant is the way in which the tour guides discuss the topic of slavery. I have found, with the exception, to some degree, of The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina, the view of slavery is painted as … More Experiences of Enslaved Men, Women and Children
One of the aspects of history I love most is the research. While in college I never felt more alive than when in classes where research was heavily required. Digging to find information, and then finding it, gave me a high that is really only understood by those who have experienced it for themselves. I … More Phibby…..A Mystery I Hope to Solve….