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 California Gold Rush and Life of the 49ers

August 22, 1850 The days have been hot and humid since I have arrived for my six month stay in the center of the Sierra Nevada Goldfields. Hard work and luck are a lot of what you see here in California. About four months ago now, I arrived in California with my notebook to tell…

Suicide Under Slavery & Trust in God

November 11, 1835 “I hope that my death would leave God thinking something is wrong down here” Annie Coley said it with her teary eyes. Although vast number of slaves successfully escaped from their masters, it was different in Coley’s case.[1] Two weeks ago, she ran away from her slave owner in Virginia, hoping to…

Plantation Life in the South

January 31, 1811 At least I could still recognize their faces, but then the work of human flesh began. In the spring of 1811, when I arrived at a large plantation in North Carolina, the slaves were driven to work from sunrise to sunset. The bitterness that individuals suffered frequently showed through their faces and…

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…

The Cane Ridge Revival

Cane Ridge, Kentucky, August 8th, 1801. From the journalistic report of Cyril Bennet. It was with guarded thoughts that I approached the Cane Ridge encampment yesterday. The hot August day was nearing its end, and the honest farmers of the Kentucky village would, on any usual day, soon be in their beds. Not today. Some…