Anesthesia: Surgical Miracle or Scientific Hoax?

by Axel Wood May 3, 1851 PORTLAND, OR – There is no words that can describe how horrific, painful surgeries can be. Even to a strong man, the moment when the surgical instrument tearing the skin, going inside the flesh, and bringing infinite pain can be worse than being dead. Moreover, if the surgery is…

Abolitionist: the Liberator

November 19, 1852 There is no mystery to slavery; it had been here for years in our nation. But in the South, where there was a great demand of slaves, not everyone supported slavery. Angelina and Sarah Grimké, sisters from a prominent South Carolina family, were abolitionists and women right’s activists.[1] In 1835, Angelina wrote…

The South’s Reception of the Compromise of 1850

September 18, 1850 It is a warm morning in Charleston, South Carolina and the bustle of people through the city streets is excited with the anticipation of long-awaited news. I sit on a decorative wrought-iron bench on the sidewalk outside the Charleston Morning Post’s office. It is not yet even six o’clock in the morning…

The Execution of Nat Turner

November 11, 1831 Today will go down in history as an important day in upholding the dignity of the fine people of the South. Today the good will triumph over the sinful, the just will triumph over the unjust, and the powerful will triumph over the weak. Today in Jerusalem, Virginia, we will at last…

The Agricultural Economy of the South

December 3rd, 1813 Traveling from Baltimore to Wilmington, North Carolina was a surprisingly informative ride. The many houses and people of the city fade away into long expanses of land. As we passed by a variety of farms, the gloomy September sky crept up on us. These farms were oddly clear representations of different walks…

A Look on Life in the New United States

Baltimore Sun April 17, 1805 There are only a few places in the United States of America where you can stroll down a street and see people bustling about their daily lives. In the majority of the country, it could take an hour just to get to the next property over. There is a very strong…

A Family Farm in Antebellum Alabama

September 28, 1814 What a beautiful time of plenty and prosperity are we experiencing here in Alabama! Every year brings about new opportunities for us. The joyous melody of the sweet word expansion is in the fresh air. Perhaps your neighbor or your brother has recently expanded or perhaps you and your family are enjoying…