Join the journey into one of the most captivating and seminal events in all of American history. We Are All Americans is the story of how the United States was transformed during the Civil War through the words of the three most central figures of the time – Jefferson Davis, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The story is communicated by three, contemporary reporters who describe the events as they unfold, in time linear fashion.
The world was watching what would happen to the American experiment in democracy. When the minority – represented by the 9 million southerners (3.5 million of whom were slaves) – left the union to form its own government, the sustainability of “majority rule” was thrown into question. more….
Robert Penn Warren called the Civil War the “American oracle.” It changed the country’s destiny. It was the great pivot upon which the path of the American story forever turned.
One hundred and fifty plus years later, in an age where history is any news older than 24 hours, it is easy to think of the American Civil War as ancient history – or to not even think of it at all. Yet, for all the progress in race relations that has been made in the U.S. since then, it is unfortunately evident that bigotry and hatred of “those not like me” is still extant in the American fabric. more….
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The 1850’s began with the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act as part of the Compromise of 1850 that sought to quell sectional discord and keep the Union intact. The Act required officials and citizens of Free states to cooperate in the return of escaped slaves. For those Americans at the silent center of the slavery question, it forced them to support slavery in their own, supposedly ‘free’ backyards. more….