African American

VIDEO –Interview on Emancipation

Robert Engs (1943-2013) was a leading historian of nineteenth-century America who visited Dickinson College in spring 2008 as a presenter in one of our teacher workshops.  While on campus, he offered some insights about how to explain the outlook of former…

VIDEO –Lectures on Civil War Topics

Catherine Clinton (University of Texas / San Antonio) delivered a powerful lecture about Mary Lincoln on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death.  Title = “Mary Lincoln’s Assassination” (41 min.) Lectures by Matthew Pinsker Underground Railroad Reconsidered…

MAP –Up From Slavery

This map is built on snippets from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery (1901) and offers a teachable overview of Washington’s life as he transformed himself during Reconstruction into a leading figure in American society.  Additional resources for this map can be…

ESSAY –End of Civil War

In 2015, Matthew Pinsker wrote a short essay for the Smithsonian / Zocalo Public Square series, “What It Means To Be American,” on the subject of the debates about civil rights that erupted among abolitionists at the end of the…

MAP –Atlantic Slavery

Dickinson students Mary Chobanian, Cory Palmer and Kyle Reese helped create this map built on snippets from David Brion Davis’s Inhuman Bondage (2006), a sobering study of the rise and fall of Atlantic slavery, for their course in Spring 2012, History 211:…