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”

California recall candidate Larry Elder says it could be argued that slave owners were owed reparations after the Civil War

On a July episode of Prager University’s “The Candace Owens Show,” Owens said the US was one of the first countries to abolish the slave trade. Her guest, Larry Elder, said because slavery was legal and their “property” had been taken, slave owners could be owed reparations. Elder said the compensation UK slaveowners received forContinue reading “California recall candidate Larry Elder says it could be argued that slave owners were owed reparations after the Civil War”

The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion: Crash Course US History #18

In which John Green teaches you about the election of 1860. As you may remember from last week, things were not great at this time in US history. The tensions between the North and South were rising, ultimately due to the single issue of slavery. The North wanted to abolish slavery, and the South wantedContinue reading “The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion: Crash Course US History #18”

Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10

In which John Green teaches you about founding father and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson is a somewhat controversial figure in American history, largely because he, like pretty much all humans, was a big bundle of contradictions. Jefferson was a slave-owner who couldn’t decide if he liked slavery. He advocated forContinue reading “Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10”

Who Won the American Revolution?: Crash Course US History #7

In which John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we’ve labored the point here, but they weren’t the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this warContinue reading “Who Won the American Revolution?: Crash Course US History #7”

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”

After Decades-Long Fight, Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Bust Is Out Of The Tennessee Capitol

The bust of confederate general and KKK grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest has been removed from the Tennessee State Capitol. Advocates cleared the final hurdle Thursday, after decades of protesting and months of jumping through legislative hoops. Gov. Bill Lee voted along with the majority of the state building commission to move the bust toContinue reading “After Decades-Long Fight, Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Bust Is Out Of The Tennessee Capitol”

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