Commodity Chains and Chained Commodities
VFH Fellow Calvin Schermerhorn examines how slavery was intimately tied to Northern and transatlantic financial institutions by following the odyssey of Sam Watts, an enslaved twenty-two-year-old man first bought in Virginia in 1831.
Inside the Moton Museum - courtesy Moton Museum
Strike – Telling The Story of one Virginia School
Encyclopedia Virginia, With Good Reason, and VFH Grants all help tell the story of the walkout at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville that lead to the Brown V. Board of Education Supreme Court case.
The Right To Love
Congratulations to all involved in the creation, production, and broadcast of “The Loving Story,” which has received three Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Historical Programming, and Outstanding Editing.
Brogan-style shoes worn by private Page Lapham of 2nd Company,
Washington Artillery of New Orleans.
COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY
Stepping into Myth
One of the most persistent legends surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place 150 years ago, is that it was fought over shoes. Encyclopedia Virginia‘s Brendan Wolfe examines the real reasons behind the battle.
Students at Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, New York
Student Voices: From Prince Edward County to Brooklyn
How do sixth-grade students in 2013 understand an event that happened in 1956? How can teachers make a fifty-year-old story come alive for their students? Giselle Castano, a teacher at Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, used With Good Reason.
Buzzard Pete at the University of Virginia, 1905 (Detroit Publishing Company/Library of Congress)
Who Was Buzzard Pete?
Brendan Wolfe uncovers the history behind a circa 1905 photo of an African American at UVA known only as “Buzzard Pete” for the EV Blog.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel: Unearthing the Past on the iPad
Fall 2011 fellow Mary Lyons published the results of her fellowship in Dark Passage: The Virginia Blue Ridge Tunnel (2012). For this book, she went the digital route: the book was released through iTunes, for reading on the iPad.