Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

This sketch by Alfred R. Waud is one of three illustrations accompanying the article “Army Telegraph” published in Harper’s Weekly on January 24, 1863.

William Rattle Plum. The military telegraph during the civil war in the United States, with an exposition of ancient and modern means of communication, and of the federal and Confederate cipher systems; also a running account of the war between the states (Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, 1882). Look on page 376 of 390 to view ‘The roll of United States Military Telegraph Operators.’

Civil War Telegraph System
(3:37) History Channel, YouTube, June 11, 2011

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African American Civil War Memorial/Museum, Washington, DC
“Take a look at the African American Civil War Museum/Monument in Washington, D.C., as Director and Founder Dr. Frank Smith talks about some of the things the museum has to offer.”
(2:55) Stars and Stripes, YouTube, September 30, 2015

Riderwood TV Visits the African American Civil War Museum
“Dr. Frank Smith shares the history of African American involvement in the Civil War.”
( 4:56) Riderwood TV, YouTube, January 18, 20218

African American Civil War Museum Ground Breaking Ceremony
“Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and museum director, Dr. Frank Smith led a ground breaking ceremony to launch the construction of the African American Civil Memorial and Museum’s new home at the historic Grimke building.”
(30:47) Frank Smith, YouTube, November 7, 2019

MainStreet: “Ed Hamilton”
“Ed Hamilton knew early in life that he wanted to be an artist. But it wasn’t until he attended the Art Center School in Louisville, Kentucky, that he found his calling: Sculpting. Today, Ed Hamilton is one of America’s premiere sculptors. His work chronicles his history. To enter his studio in Louisville, you feel the joy and passion of his work. Let’s take a look. This segment was originally featured in MainStreet – “Kentucky Forms” and was produced in October of 2000.”
(8:51) WKUS PBS, YouTube, February 17, 2016

Ed Hamilton Sculptor | Untold to the Unforgettable | A Kentucky Original Series
“Renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton has created countless monuments, plaques and artistic tributes that tell the story of America and celebrate the rich diversity of its people. Learn how a young African American boy growing up in Louisville discovered the talents he would later share with the world.”
(6:53) Kentucky Tourism, YouTube, March 25, 2020

Ed Hamilton: Internationally Renowned American Monument Sculptor
(28:28) MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs, Vimeo, May 30, 2008

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county seal“A film by Pamela D’Angelo on the history of African-American entrepreneurship in rural Northumberland County, in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Commissioned by the Northern Neck Planning District Commission and funded from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Building Collaborative Communities Program.”

Historical African-American Entrepreneurship in Northumberland County, Virginia” (14:47) YouTube, November 19, 2018

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Sojourner Truth

“Sojourner Truth was born about 1799 in Ulster County, New York, on the west side of the Hudson River, some eighty miles north of New York City, in a region dominated culturally and economically by people of Dutch descent. … [H]er parents James and Elizabeth Bomefree named her Isabella. Their first language was Dutch. As a child Isabella belonged to several owners … She was emancipated by state law in 1827.”
Darlene Clark Hine, Elsa Barkley Brown, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (eds). Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, Volume II, M-Z. Bloomington (Indiana University Press, 1993) page 1173


Truth had a remarkable life. She successfully sued in court for the return of her five-year-old son who was illegally sold into slavery in Louisiana. During her struggle to unite her family, she became deeply committed to her faith. Truth could neither read nor write but she became famous internationally for her activism in anti-slavery and women’s rights movements. Her statue is in the U.S. Capitol.


The photograph in this post is held by the Library of Congress and is referred to as “Sojourner Truth seated with photograph of her grandson, James Caldwell of Co. H, 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, on her lap.”


Additional resources:
Daina Ramey Berry, “The Electrifying Speeches of Sojourner Truth,” YouTube, April 28, 2020

Sojourner Truth — Civil Rights Activist,” Biography, YouTube, December 12, 2012

Daina Ramey Berry. “How Early Photographs Reveal the Indomitable Spirit of Abolitionist Sojourner Truth,” Biography, January 30, 2018, accessed February 28, 2021




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Nat Turner’s Bible, 1831

This Bible was donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture by descendants of Lavinia Francis, a slaveholder who survived the rebellion.

“On the evening of August 21–22, 1831, an enslaved preacher and self-styled prophet named Nat Turner launched the most deadly slave revolt in the history of the United States. Over the course of a day in Southampton County, Turner and his allies killed fifty-five white men, women, and children as the rebels made their way toward Jerusalem, Virginia (now Courtland).”
Patrick H. Breen. “Nat Turner’s Revolt (1831),” Encyclopedia Virginia


Nat Turner’s Bible: History, Heritage, and Healing: A Family Story
(1:03:19) NorfolkTV, 15 September 2017
Mark Person and Wendy Creekmore Porter, descendants of a slaveholder who survived the rebellion, presented a program at Slover Public Library in Norfolk, Virginia. They described how the Bible came to them and their decision to donate it to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). They also described meeting Dr. Rex Ellis of NMAAHC and Nate Parker who wrote and directed “The Birth of A Nation.”
[Note: Dr. Ellis is from Southampton County, Virginia. Nate Parker was born in Norfolk, Virginia — Leslie]


Revolt and Repression: Reconsidering the Nat Turner Slave Revolt
Patrick Breen delivered the Virginia Museum of History & Culture Banner Lecture.
“On August 21, 1831, seven men launched what would come to be known as the Nat Turner Revolt. The rebels swept through Southampton Country recruiting slaves to their rank and killing nearly five dozen whites, more than had ever been killed in any slave revolt in history of the United States. Within two days, whites reestablished control over Southampton County. Examining the terrible choices faced by slaves and also the deep disagreements among whites about how to respond to the rebels, this lecture will discuss new ways of thinking about Nat Turner, his revolt, Southampton County, and even American slavery itself.”
(1:00:36) Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 10 November 2016


Gettysburg Civil War Institute Conference: Nat Turner’s Rebellion
“Author Patrick Breen discussed his book, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, at the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute’s annual summer conference.”
(1:03:06) C-SPAN, 15 June 2019

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The portrait “James Armistead Lafayette, (1748-1830)” by John B. Martin was completed circa 1824. It’s owned by the Valentine in Richmond, Virginia.

Ken Daigler. “James Lafayette (James Armistead), American Spy,” Journal of American Revolution, 26 September 2017 (accessed 31 August 2020)

The village of Great Bridge was the site of an early Revolutionary War battle that resulted in British Lord Dumnore’s removal from Virginia. In 1781, an enslaved man, James, gained permission from his owner William Armistead of New Kent County, Virginia to work for French General Marquis de Lafayette who was headquartered in that county.  Lafayette used James as a spy. He had him pose as a runaway slave and sent him to General Benedict Arnold’s camp. Having gained Arnold’s trust, the turncoat had James lead British troops through roads in the area. James reported these activities to the colonies’ French ally. When Arnold moved north, James continued his work in the camp of British Lord Cornwallis and other British camps. He established himself as a waiter and listened in on conversations about strategy and logistic. He documented his findings in written reports that were delivered to General Lafayette. His espionage resulted in American victory at Yorktown. In 1784 Lafayette petitioned the Virginia General Assembly for James’ freedom. It was granted two years later. and he took the name James Armistead Lafayette.

James Armistead Lafayette — Virginia Trailblazers
(6:09) Library of Virginia, March 10, 2009

African American Soldiers in the Continental Army
(2:55) Museum of the American Revolution, January 28, 2016 (more…)

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This map points to the historic sites on the southeastern Louisiana travel itinerary. Burnside and Donaldsonville are in Ascension Parish which shares a border with Assumption Parish.

“Louisiana’s fabled Great Mississippi River Road consists of a corridor approximately 70 miles in length located on each side of the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The area includes the river, levees, and adjacent lands and cultural resources.”
The River Road — National Park Service

“Located in the little river town of Donaldsonville, once the commercial center for the Bayou Lafourche district, the River Road African American Museum features materials relating to slavery and African American life in the neighboring sugar parishes. No other venue in the state offers such a detailed and intimate portrait of African American life in a particular place and time.

“Exhibits include an interactive kiosk of freedom stories from Southeastern Louisiana’s Underground Railroad plus displays on rural black doctors, Creole life in the town and surrounding countryside, the rural roots of jazz music, black inventors, folk artists, and Reconstruction. To aid in genealogical research, the museum also features slave inventories containing the names of over 5,000 enslaved people from various plantations in Louisiana.”
Louisiana — Feed Your Soul

Lion’s Tale is a documentary produced and directed by Mary Anne Mushatt.  It provides a platform for residents of Louisiana’s River Road, giving voice and presence to the stories of their people. Members of the African-American community and Houma Nation tell their stories, bringing the lore and legacy of the past into their own homes.”
(27:39)  Tulane University Digital Library, 2000

River Road African American Museum: First Africans in Louisiana
“This video is a snippet from the River Road African American Museum’s kiosk on the ‘Louisiana’s Freedom Journey’.”
(2:30) YouTube, July 12, 2013.

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This plate is from Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865.

“The War Department sought to systematize the selection of officers of colored troops on May 22, 1863, by establishing a Board of Examiners in Washington, and subsequently in Cincinnati, St. Louis, New Orleans, Davenport, Iowa and Richmond. The officers selected by these boards had to pass tests of their loyalty, morality, health, intelligence, and knowledge of tactics for the units they expected to command. If the applicant failed the examination once, he was not re-examined. From the beginning this system worked well, but, as a result of its success, the War Department had difficulty finding persons capable of passing the exacting examinations. As a result, one Commander, Brigadier General J. C. Rice, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Potomac, ordered the formation of a school of instruction for interested troops in his command to prepare them to meet the stringent requirements of the boards.”
John T. Blassingame. “The Selection of Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of Negro Troops in the Union Troops, 1863-1865,” Negro History Bulletin,Vol. 30, No. 1 (January 1967), pp. 8-11.


Military Rank & Insignia: The Civil War in Four Minutes” (4:00) YouTube, August 25, 2019
“Kristopher White of the American Battlefield Trust details the rank of soldiers in the Union and Confederate Armies during the Civil War, and how those ranks were displayed on uniforms.”

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Jean Fagan Yellin’s article about Harriet Jacobs was published in the North Carolina Dictionary of Biography. Click on the image of Harriet Jacobs to read it online at NCPedia.

Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina in 1813. When she was in her forties, Jacobs published her memoir, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Her flight to freedom began with a seven-year hide-out in an attic in that city. For many years Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl  was believed to be a work of fiction created by a sympathetic white abolitionist. Scholarship proved otherwise.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
(full audiobook) (public domain) (7:47:00) LibriVox


Professor Sheds Light on Harriet Jacobs’ Path to Freedom”  (14:10) NPR, January 7, 2008


Harriet Jacobs: A Life (1:21:37) C-SPAN, May 18, 2005
“Jean Fagan Yellin talked about her biography Harriet Jacobs: A Life, published by Basic Books. It profiled the life of slave woman Harriet Jacobs. The author explains that Harriet Jacobs became the first-ever published slave woman with the publication of her book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, nearly 150 years ago. Ms. Yellin detailed the former slave girl’s adolescent years of sexual abuse, seven years of hiding in an attic, and her eventual escape to the North. After the discussion, she responded to audience questions.”


Harriet Jacobs and Dr. Jean Fagan Yellin” (8:33) YouTube, February 27, 2013
“Dr. Yellin, author of a biography of Harriet Jacobs, discusses in this exclusive interview how she found the real historic person behind the author of the only slave narrative told from a feminine point of view.”

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“Death as a sailor bringing yellow fever to New York” — Yellow fever had ravaged America’s port cities since the 18th century: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Savannah, and New Orleans. This illustration was published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (date unknown).

The Ben Franklin sailing from St. Thomas to New York  made an unscheduled stop at Gosport for repairs. Yellow fever soon claimed dozens of lives every day. Thousands would die. Those who could, fled the area. Entire families perished. Doctors, ministers, and local officials died. Newspapers shut down. There were no more coffins. John Jones, an enslaved man who worked for undertakers, O’Brien & Quick, collected the bodies. Grateful citizens collected money to purchase his freedom but Virginia law required  a manumitted slave to leave the state within a year of emancipation and Jones declined the offer. He died about a decade after the “Death Storm” and was buried in West Point Cemetery. The Norfolk-Virginian published his obituary on August 8, 1868.

Yellow Fever in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, 1855
A comprehensive list of sources including Donna Bluemink’s  Norfolk Register of Deaths, City of Norfolk, Virginia, 1855
Her transcription includes burials for Norfolk, Princess Anne County, Norfolk County.

Peggy Haile McPhilips. “Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855”  (26:52) YouTube,  June 29, 2016
City Historian describes the devastating yellow fever epidemic in Hampton Roads

George D. Armstrong. The summer of the pestilence. A history of the ravages of the yellow fever in Norfolk, Virginia, A.D. 1855. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1856.

William Selden.  Report on the origin of yellow fever in Norfolk during the summer of 1855. Richmond: Ritchie & Dunnavant, 1857
This report names several individuals — black and white — who died of the disease; also details earlier outbreaks of the disease in the region.

Franklin Bache Stephenson. Yellow fever at Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia in 1855. Washington, DC: National Library of Medicine, 1883


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