The Slow Train to Freedom

By: Anna-Marie Cyrus November 4th, 1845 All aboard the Underground Railroad! Hang on, that’s not quite right. The Underground Railroad? Yes. Underground? No. A railroad with a train? No. So then, what is it? The Underground Railroad is supposedly a vast network of safe houses, predominately black abolitionists and routes, that leads runaway slaves to…

A Desperate Plea for a Divine Plan

August 19, 1850: By Jonas Johnston Washington, D.C.- The American Colonization Society, which founded Liberia in 1830 with the assistance of our good President James Monroe1, has recently put out a request for the people of the United States to raise twenty thousand dollars in a fundraising attempt to buy and establish a series of…

A Reflection on the Cotton Economy

December 21, 1850 Through my 50 years of journalism, I have been present for the rise of the cotton industry. When I first began my writing, cotton was rarely present in southern farms, dominated by unstable crops such as tobacco and rice. These crops were either horribly unreliable, with constantly fluctuating prices (tobacco) or unfortunately…

American Mexican War Reflection

October 17, 18450 As the United States have grown tremendously, through immigration and nativity, they have ran into many issues regarding expansion. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 provided hundreds of thousands of square miles to accommodate the rapid growth of the United States population. This new land inspired many people, like myself, to take advantage…

Nunna daul Tsuny – The Trail of Tears

Baltimore Sun – August 1839 By Roman Ramsey John Ross was elected chief of the Cherokee Nation today in Oklahoma, their new homeland (6). The events that lead up to this election in the west were as follows. As you may remember, the removal of the Indians began nine years ago, with the Indian Removal…