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Ragtime, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rap

What researching the music craze of the Progressive Era reveals about the evolution of American popular music.

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07 May 2018

Frederick Douglass: Pioneer of the Labor Movement

Discover how his experiences as a hired-slave prompted Douglass to become a champion of the working class.

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12 Feb 2018

The Price to Purchase Your Own Freedom from Slavery

Samuel Johnson's petition to free his wife and daughter. ProQuest History Vault. Found in: Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks, Series I: Petitions to Southern Legislatures, 1777-1867

Resources to explore the limitations of freedom for “free” African-Americans before slavery was abolished.

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23 Mar 2017

Joy and Tragedy in the Life of a Plantation Belle

Letter from Harriet Weeks and Census entry

The life and times of a “plantation belle” in the mid-19th century American South.

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28 Mar 2016

From Punishment to Literacy: Slaves on a Southern Plantation

Page showing the first two rules in John Hartwell Cocke’s “Standing Regulations for the Government of John H. Cocke’s Overseers.”

The Cocke Family Papers document the lives of John Hartwell Cocke’s slaves and former slaves in their own words.

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01 Feb 2016

Stand Watie: The First Lone Ranger

The last Confederate general to surrender the last Confederate army was General Stand Watie; not a citizen of the Confederacy, but of the Cherokee Nation.

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22 Jun 2015

Digital Histories of Slavery: AHA 2015 Recap

The American Historical Association (AHA) recently kicked off the New Year at the organization's 129th annual meeting in New York.

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15 Jan 2015

Library Journal calls Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915 "extraordinary, necessary historical resources"

Review of Southern Life and African American History, 1775–1915, Plantations Records, Part 1, module 6 of ProQuest History Vault, and the closely related module 4, Slavery and the Law.

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18 Sep 2013 | Shannon Janeczek