Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
Timothy Sandefur joins us this week to discuss how Frederick Douglass does not align perfectly into the accepted political factions of today.
Horwitz remembers the life and thought of Leland Yeager (November 4, 1924 – April 23, 2018).
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Celebrity candidates have built-in name recognition, but offer little in the way of actual qualification for office.
The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.
The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
The liberal imagination is pleased by multicultural societies like Mauritius but its culture was built with violent sacrifice.
Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.
Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
Bacon’s Rebellion was a bizarre and violent event with few truly heroic figures on either side.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.
Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on religious freedom were heavily influenced by John Locke.