Note especially the connections delineated between slavery, land, and knowledge…
“The demonstrations of the colored people on witnessing the review were at times frantic for joy beyond all description…”
“And when he made his appearance you should have heard the reception he got. I thought the roof would fall off…”: Picayune Butler takes New York & Tokyo by storm.
What’s the connection between the US National Anthem, militant slave uprisings, and the burning of the White House?
Phil Rice gives us this striking vision of slavery carried south in the service of the Filibuster president, General William Walker:
“At my request they sat down and sang, and when about half through, as I stepped to the door, a shell exploded within fifty yards…”
Stephen Foster’s anthem recounts “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in three verses.
This rewrite of “Battle-Hymn of the Republic” puts the agency of social and economic upheaval squarely on the shoulders — or rather, under the boot-heels — of Colored Troops.
Esther Hill Hawks ~ Diary (February 1863) ~ “It was a proud moment for Robert when he placed a guard of colored soldiers around the house of his former owner…”
After the Emancipation Proclamation changed the face of the Civil War, Henry Clay Work released this sequel to his popular “Kingdom Coming”:
Popular in both the North and the South, perhaps because of his ambiguous treatment of the plight of “contraband” (liberated slaves) …
This jaunty march commemorating Sherman’s March to the Sea proved to be one of Henry Clay Work’s most famous pieces: