On this day in 1946, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Irene Morgan, who—in one of those classic but still largely unknown moments in civil rights history—refused to move to… Read More»
An earlier post mentioned a trip we took to the area around Fredericksburg in search of old slave cabins. Below are a few more images from the places we visited.
Coaxing stories from the shadows. That was the title of the last post on the blog—I know, it was a while ago—and that seems to be what we’re still up… Read More»
In his lovely book Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (1999), Stephen Cushman writes about acoustic shadows, a phenomenon in which people sometimes could hear battles from far… Read More»
We’ve just published our entry on Mary Richards Bowser. Born into slavery, Bowser played an important role in the pro-Union spy ring that Elizabeth Van Lew ran in Richmond during the American Civil War. Lois Leveen, the… Read More»
As we send our best thoughts out to the folks in Moore, Oklahoma, we can’t help but think about tornadoes. The most deadly twister in Virginia history was at Rye… Read More»
The colonial historian Andrew Schwartz says it’s no big surprise that cannibalism existed at Jamestown. (Note: I think more caution is due here.) And he uses the occasion of a… Read More»
How Queen Elizabeth I might look were she alive today. Go here for more historical updates.
Last week archaeologists at Jamestown and the Smithsonian announced that they have found evidence of cannibalism at Jamestown during the Starving Time. This caused a huge sensation, but Rachel B.… Read More»