Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19

At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the political process meant to bring the country back together. It was also the mechanism by which the country would extend the rights of citizenship to BlackContinue reading “Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19”

Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18

The American Civil War is one of the deadliest in US History, and let’s just get this out of the way: it was about slavery. In the more than 150 years since the end of the Civil War, there have been many attempts to litigate the reasons for the war, but the reality is thatContinue reading “Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18”

Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17

Clint Smith teaches you about one of the most famous writers, orators, and advocates of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born in slavery, escaped to the North, and became one of the most influential people of his time. Douglass wrote about the experience of slavery in a way that captured the attention ofContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17”

The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16

In this video, we’ll learn about the US Supreme Court decision in Scott vs Sanford, handed down in 1857. The case ultimately rejected the idea that Black people could be citizens of the United States, and this helped entrench the institution of slavery, denied a host of rights to a huge number of people (bothContinue reading “The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16”

The Underground Railroad: Crash Course Black American History #15

Escape was one of the many ways that enslaved people resisted their captivity in the system of American slavery. The Underground Railroad was not literally a railroad. It was a network of people, routes, and safe houses that helped people escape from slavery in the south to freedom in the north. Today we’ll talk aboutContinue reading “The Underground Railroad: Crash Course Black American History #15”

Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14

Clint Smith teaches you about Maria Stewart, a Black woman who lived in the 19th century, and was a pioneering abolitionist, writer, and orator. When studying history, we often focus on the big picture and world-changing events. Today we’ll focus on how one woman flouted the social conventions of her time and place and becameContinue reading “Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14”

The Rise of Cotton: Crash Course Black American History #13

Cotton is everywhere in our modern world, and it became a hugely important crop in the 19th century United States. Cotton was a huge economic boon to the US, and much of that wealth was built on the backs of enslaved laborers. And cotton didn’t only benefit the states where slavery was legal. While cottonContinue reading “The Rise of Cotton: Crash Course Black American History #13”

The Louisiana Rebellion of 1811: Crash Course Black American History #12

Uprisings of enslaved people in the United States were not uncommon, and they had a big influence on how the institution of slavery evolved. One uprising that gets less attention, historically, is the German Coast Uprising that took place in Louisiana in 1811. A group of enslaved people rebelled, and the after effects would beContinue reading “The Louisiana Rebellion of 1811: Crash Course Black American History #12”

Women’s Experience Under Slavery: Crash Course Black American History #11

Slavery was inherently cruel and unjust, and it was cruel and unjust to different people in different ways. Today, Clint Smith teaches you about the experience of enslaved women, and how their experience of slavery was different than men. Women had a unique vantage point to understand slavery, and were particularly vulnerable to some terribleContinue reading “Women’s Experience Under Slavery: Crash Course Black American History #11”

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1793: Crash Course Black American History #10

One of the ways that the US Constitution baked the institution of slavery into the very core of the new United States was through the fugitive slave clause. The clause required that people who escaped slavery be returned to their enslavers. In parts of the US that didn’t want slavery, the clause sometimes went unenforced.Continue reading “The Fugitive Slave Act of 1793: Crash Course Black American History #10”

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