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This is the grave of George Thomas. Born in 1816 in Southhampton County, Virginia, Thomas grew up in a family of slaveholders. They owned 685 acres and 24 slaves in 1829, despite the fact that his father had died in a farming accident. In fact, he was very nearly killed in Nat Turner’s Revolt. The […]
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Scott referenced Jamelle Bouie’s Times piece on the problems of free labor ideology and the failures of Reconstruction. It is really outstanding. The most important thing to understand about mid to late 19th century America is free labor ideology. But it’s hard to easily grasp. Basically, it is the idea that the future of the […]
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This is the grave of Fernando Wood. Born in 1812 in Philadelphia, Wood’s Spanish first name, highly unusual for an English-American at the time, came out of a gothic novel his mother liked. His family moved to New York in 1820. Wood became a bar owner, became a successful merchant, and went into politics as […]
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This is the grave of the vile traitor Robert E. Lee. There isn’t much reason to provide a complete biography of someone like Lee, who is extremely well-known. So a couple of points. First, despite all the attempts over the years to apologize for Lee’s treason in defense of slavery, he had a choice and […]
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