Category Archives: 1860s

Second Founding

Image Gateway For more information, see Freedom’s Legacy at Dickinson & Slavery and watch this video with the descendants of Henry Spradley and Robert Young. Discussion Question Did the Second Founding of the Constitution (1865-70) succeed in transforming American society? … Continue reading

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Prince Rivers

The story of Prince Rivers embodies many of the insights which Eric Foner tries to convey in the opening chapters of his book, A Short History of Reconstruction (2015 ed.).  Rivers was a “contraband,” a wartime runaway slave, who fled behind Union … Continue reading

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End of Civil War

The end of the Civil War brought about the restoration of the Union and the end of slavery, but were these two objectives really one and the same?  If so, does Abraham Lincoln deserve the lion’s share of the credit for … Continue reading

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