Trials of the Trail

by J.R. Mitchell June 28, 1844 James W. Nesmith intended to be part of the 100 person wagon train that embarked in 1842, but arrived in Independence, Missouri after the company had left. Nesmith spent the next year working as a carpenter building Fort Scott, and was ready to set out on the trail in…

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 Journey of Lewis and Clark and the Future of the West

October 9th, 1806 Two weeks ago, I got the most recent glimpse into the future and got to meet with the two men responsible for the newest amazing journey and discovery of the West. Ever since Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark have been on a…

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…