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.
- 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