Race, Slavery and the Civil War

Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After the presentations, which included… read more

Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After the presentations, which included illustrations, the panelists responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. Professor Horton moderated. 

Spencer Crew talked about “The Role of the Underground Railroad as a Cause of the Civil War;” Bruce Levine talked about “The Myth of Black Confederates;” Edna Medford talked about “The Quest for Black Rights in the Midst of War;” Ira Berlin talked about “African American Soldiers and the Struggle for Equality;” and Cassandra Newby-Alexander talked about “Waterways to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Hampton Roads.”

"Race, Slavery and the Civil War" was the morning session of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Civil War Commission 2010 Signature Conference “Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.” The second of seven annual conferences, it was held at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center of Norfolk State University. close

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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Nov 13, 2010
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Nov 14, 2010

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  • Nov 13, 2010 | 6:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 13, 2010 | 10:01pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 14, 2010 | 11:01am EST | C-SPAN 3
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