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American Slavery

Ghosts
123.1k views15 Ghost Stories From American PlantationsWhile the past of every plantation in the American South is tainted by the evil of slavery, some also have legends and ghost stori...
US History
27.7k views14 Shocking Escaped Slave Ads From the 19th-CenturyIn the decades prior to the US Civil War, escaped slaves were quite a problem for those living in the southern United States. Slav...
US History
994.8k viewsWhat Actually Happened on Plantations When the Slaves Were FreedWhat actually happened when the slaves in America were freed? It didn’t all happen at once, so it’s not like trying to picture wha...
Abraham Lincoln
1.3m viewsThe Map That Helped Convince Lincoln Slavery Had To EndOne image did more to end slavery in the United States than any other. It was the map through which Abraham Lincoln saw slavery, a...
Civil War
12.1k views10 Inspiring Stories From The Underground RailroadThe Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad - it was a network of people dedicated to freeing enslaved men and...
Songs
4.3k votersThe Most Beautiful Negro Spiritual SongsThe best negro spiritual songs are those that move the spirit. Many of these spiritual songs were created in the 19th century, whe...
poll
5k votersWell-Made Movies About SlaveryHere is a list of slave movies, ranked by their quality and storytelling. These are the top movies that deal with the issue of sla...
History
19.7k views11 Brutal Facts About The History of Indentured Servitude In Colonial AmericaIt’s hard to picture indentured servants in America doing the heavy agricultural lifting in the place of slaves, but, for a time, ...
US History
34.2k viewsThe Civil War Was About Slavery, And Leading Confederates Of The Day Said SoThere's no question: the Civil War was about slavery. Denying the central role that slavery played in the Civil War goes against a...
People Trivia
125.9k views17 Things You Didn't Know About Harriet TubmanThe biography of Harriet Tubman reads less like a stodgy figure from the past and more like a modern action hero. Far from just be...
Songs
598 votersThe Best Songs About SlaveryAlthough it's a sensitive subject, we're ranking the top songs about slavery, as many powerful and inspiring songs have been writt...
Texas
9.9k viewsTexas History Books Are Downplaying The Role Slavery Played In The Civil WarPeople expect their children's education to be unbiased and factual, especially in regards to history. After all, history is suppo...
US History
9.1k viewsThings You Never Knew About The Alliance Between Seminole Indians And Escaped SlavesThe Black Seminoles were a group of people that history, for the most part, forgot about. Their alliance with the native Seminole ...
People Trivia
18k viewsPatty Cannon And The Anti-Underground Railroad That Sent African Americans To SlaveryWho was Patty Cannon? She was the woman who ran a reverse-Underground Railroad. And what did the reverse-Underground Railroad do? ...
Politics
13.8k viewsEvery President Who Owned SlavesSlavery represents one of the darkest eras in American history. Like all deep historical blemishes, however, it's important to be ...
Thomas Jefferson
34.5k viewsWhat It Was Like To Be An Enslaved Person At Thomas Jefferson’s MonticelloThere was an inherent paradox within the life of enslaved people at Monticello, one that echoed Thomas Jefferson's own thoughts an...
USA
10.4k viewsThe Other Underground Railroad Where Freed Slaves Escaped To MexicoMany enslaved people escaped the North Star to freedom, crossing hundreds of dangerous miles until they reached Canada. But thousa...
Whoa Facts
19.7k viewsThe Insane Story of The Slave Who Literally Mailed Himself To FreedomThe life of Henry "Box" Brown is so notable because he was an Antebellum-Era Virginia plantation slave who managed to mailed himse...