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This Week at EV


There were plenty of great links to explore on the web this week; here are a few that caught our eye:

  • Why is there no modern edition of Robert E. Lee’s papers? Glenn W. LaFantasie discusses the Lees’ hold on the family papers in “The Confederate We Still Don’t Know.”
  • If you’re in need of a fresh Friday Read, look no further than the American Historical Association blog’s crowd-sourced list of great history books. What would you add to the list?
  • “Putting an Antebellum Myth About Slave Families to Rest,” the New York Times op-ed by Princeton University’s Tera W. Hunter, is a must-read.
  • Over at Southern Spaces, Scott Nesbit uses data-mapping to explore the migration and marriage patterns of freedpersons in Virginia after emancipation (via Kevin Levin).
  • On the EV blog, we marked the anniversary of the gruesome Battle of the Crater and commemorated Robert Carter’s little-known emancipation of more than 500 of his slaves.
Plus, here are three recent Encyclopedia Virginia entries you might enjoy:

  • Huskanaw, the rite of passage by which Powhatan Indian boys became men
  • James Crewes, who in 1676 participated in Bacon’s Rebellion, acting, in Governor Sir William Berkeley‘s words, as “Bacons parasite, and Trumpett”
  • John Baylor III, one of the most significant breeders of thoroughbred horses in colonial America
IMAGE: The Resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia. Brown decided to escape from slavery after his wife of 12 years, who was pregnant with their fourth child and was owned by another master, and their three children were sold to a slaveowner in North Carolina.
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