Archive | September, 2017

Acknowledging Northern Slavery: How We Did It in Royalston

Isaac Royall Jr. was the largest slaveholder in Massachusetts.  At least 60 slaves served on his three estates in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and hundreds more on the sugar plantation in Antigua that was the source of his family’s fortune. Before the American Revolution, he was a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council.  A bequest […]

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Preserving Southern History: How They Did It in Pocahontas

Last October I wrote a blog post about how Pocahontas, Arkansas, a small town in the rural northeast area of the state, celebrated its 150th anniversary.  The celebration covered three weekends, the first of which was devoted to the town’s early history up to and including the Civil War. Because of the current discussion about […]

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