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…

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 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 Physical Struggles of Immigration

September 4th, 1811 Information used in an interview with Carl Heinrich (fictional character; German Immigrant) “Minutes felt like days. I was cold, hungry,  and my breeches were moist, giving my lower legs that clingy, uncomfortable feeling. The ground below me was swerving; back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. I felt cramped, there…