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…

Reflection

December 12, 1852 The greatest belief that all the slaves shared was religion, and faith in God. The slaves were born with no choice of life and a sense of freedom that they might be able to have. I still remember the first time I went to a slave shelter, and I thought it was…

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…

Cotton is King

August 28, 1849 Welcome to the age of King Cotton. There is an air of excitement and joy in the south as cotton production has become a major export for America, booming the southern economy. Nearly all new farmers in the south are producing short-staple cotton. This dramatic shift comes after an age of unreliable…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…