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Calls for Abolition, Civil War, Emancipation (The Atlantic, 6/16/20)
Emancipated black Americans in the South, shortly after the Civil War (Getty)
Calls for Abolition, Civil War, Emancipation
Where Will It End?
(Edmund Quincy, 1857) In its second issue, The Atlantic urged Northerners to take a stand against slavery.
The Election in November
(James Russell Lowell, 1860) The Atlantic’s editor endorsed Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in the 1860 election, correctly predicting it would prove to be “a turning-point in our history.”
The Pickens-and-Stealin’s Rebellion
(James Russell Lowell, 1861) “We must convince men that treason against the ballot-box is as dangerous as treason against a throne.”
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(Julia Ward Howe, 1862) The lyrics to Julia Ward Howe’s patriotic classic premiered in the February 1862 issue of The Atlantic.
The Freedman’s Story
(William Parker, 1866) An escaped slave tells his story—including his account of his violent showdown with slave-catchers in Pennsylvania.
(Frederick Douglass, 1866) "No republic is safe that tolerates a privileged class, or denies to any of its citizens equal rights and equal means to maintain them."
An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage
(Frederick Douglass, 1867) “Statesmen, beware what you do. The destiny of unborn and unnumbered generations is in your hands.”
Frederick Douglass, Refugee
(David W. Blight, 2017) Throughout modern history, the millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Why There Was a Civil War
(Yoni Appelbaum, 2017) Some issues aren’t amenable to deal making; some principles don’t lend themselves to compromise.
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee
(Adam Serwer, 2017) The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.
The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth
(Vann R. Newkirk II, 2017) The most famous Emancipation holiday is more necessary now than it has ever been.
Balancing the Ledger on Juneteenth
(Vann R. Newkirk II, 2019) The debate over reparations highlights the dual purpose of the holiday: celebrating emancipation but also demanding accountability for historical and present wrongs.
What Trump’s Generation Learned About the Civil War
(Matt Ford, 2017) History textbooks used in New York City during the president’s childhood called the Klan “patriotic,” and downplayed the role of slavery in “the War Between the States.”
The Confounding Truth About Frederick Douglass
(Randall Kennedy, 2018) His champions now span the ideological spectrum, but left and right miss the tensions in his views.
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619
(Ibram X. Kendi, 2019) Marking the 400-year African American struggle to survive and to be free of racism
Frederick Douglass’s Vision for a Reborn America
(David W. Blight, 2019) In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, he dreamed of a pluralist utopia.
We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic
(Ibram X. Kendi, 2020) The pandemic has brought the latest battle in the long American war over communal well-being.
The Conspiracy Theories That Fueled the Civil War
(Annika Neklason, 2020) The most powerful people and institutions in the South spread paranoia and fear to protect slavery. Their beliefs led the country to war—and continue to haunt our politics to this day.