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"Negro Troops in the Civil War", 1887

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At a moment when the bitterness of race prejudice is
shown in the recent school controversies in Kansas, Indi-
ana, and Ohio, reminding us of the old Free States that we
cannot consistently reproach our brethren of the old Slave
States with…

D. H. Hill, "Governor John W. Ellis and Secession," 1907


CHAPTER XXXVI. GOVERNOR JOHN W. ELLIS AND SECESSION. 427. The John Brown raid.--Two events took place in 1859 which threw North Carolina into a state of wild excitement. The first was John Brown's seizure of the United States arsenal at Harper's…

Jean Fagan Yellin, Harriet Jacobs: A Life (2004)

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She did not know. Papa's pride, Mama's darling, Grandmother's joy -she did not know she was a slave. Not until she was six, and Mama died. And really not even then. But later, when she was willed to Little Miss, she had to find out. Hatty was a…

Kelsey Griffin, "The Memory of the Civil War is Hard to Shake," April 29, 2012

Although I have lived in the South most of my life, I did not realize that there were any current debates over what caused the Civil War. What I have come to learn is that there are misinterpretations about the Civil War era that still exist today. …

Michael Moore, Costumes in "From Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind," 2013

The majority of “From Real to Reel” follows the production process behind Gone with the Wind. Featured artifacts include costumes, posters, production notes, and film props. Functioning more as a temple for movie fans than a dialectic for Civil…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case (2) in "North Carolina and the Civil War," 2013

Weaponry displayed in “The Civil War in North Carolina” no doubt remained a proverbial crowd-pleaser, but did little to add to the interpretive efforts as expressed in text panels.

Michael Moore, Exhibit case in "Living Together," 2013

Exhibit displays such as this one in “Living Together” provided an important historical contextualization for the following exhibit, “North Carolina in Crisis.” By exploring provocative themes of violence, oppression, resistance, and…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case in "North Carolina and the Civil War," 2013

Material artifacts in the exhibit also mask efforts to seriously question the ideology of Confederate soldiers. In this case, battlefield hospitals are highlighted through the inclusion of surgical instruments, a crutch, and a prosthetic leg. When…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case in "North Carolina in Crisis," 2013

This mannequin presents a powerful image to the visitor who might expect interpretive efforts to be entirely focused on the Civil War as experienced by white Southerners. This case does represent, however, only a portion of the comprehensive black…

Michael Moore, Exhibit display in "North Carolina in Crisis," 2013

A life-size statue of a weeping widow in front of a graveyard sat at the conclusion of “North Carolina in Crisis.” While the power of such an object effectively conveyed the psychological toll of death and destruction in the wake of the war, its…