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”

Obamanation: Crash Course US History #47

In which John Green teaches you about recent history. By which we mean VERY recent history. John covers the end of George W. Bush’s administration presidency of Barack Obama (so far). Some people would say, “It’s too soon to try to interpret the historical importance of such recent events!” To those people we answer, “You’reContinue reading “Obamanation: Crash Course US History #47”

Terrorism, War, and Bush 43: Crash Course US History #46

In which John Green teaches you about the tumultuous 2000’s in the United States of America, mainly the 2000’s that coincide with the presidency of George W Bush. From the controversial election in 2000, to the events of 9/11 and Bush’s prosecution of the War on Terror, the George W. Bush presidency was an eventfulContinue reading “Terrorism, War, and Bush 43: Crash Course US History #46”

The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45

In which John Green teaches you about the United States as it was in the 1990s. You’ll remember from last week that the old-school Republican George H.W. Bush had lost the 1992 presidential election to a young upstart Democrat from Arkansas named Bill Clinton. Clinton was a bit of a dark horse candidate, having survivedContinue reading “The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45”

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