All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

The Slavery Experience

Anthony Cohen talks as an audience volunteer tries on a slave collar

Anthony Cohen talks as an audience volunteer tries on a slave collar

Alexandria, Virginia
Friday, March 26, 2010

Historian Anthony Cohen, a fourth-generation descendant of a runaway slave, talked about his work exploring the American slavery experience, from his 1996 retracing of the Underground Railroad by foot to being shipped inside a wooden crate like Virginia fugitive Henry "Box" Brown. He also talked about the work of The Menare Foundation which he founded, including the Button Farm Living History Center. He used a PowerPoint presentation, including images from a 1998 mock slave auction held at the former Franklin and Armfield slave trading office in Alexandria. Mr. Cohen also demonstrated a replica of a type of slave collar and responded to questions from members of the audience.

"Unshackling History: Recreating Experiences from American Slavery" was a program of the Alexandria Historical Society held May 26, 2010, at the Lyceum Theatre in Alexandria, Virginia. This annual meeting of the society began with society business and the election of officers.

Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 8:31am (ET)

Related Events

American Artifacts: Mount Vernon’s Slave Quarters
Thursday, November 24, 2011     

We visited George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where visitors find newly re-interpreted slave quarters and a more historically accurate and nuanced depiction of slave life in 18th century Virginia. We hear from Dennis Pogue, Vice President of Preservation, and curator Susan Schoelwer, who tell us what archaeological research reveals about the enslaved people who worked Washington’s plantation.

19th Century Slave Trade
Saturday, June 23, 2012     

Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman talks about the practice of kidnapping freemen from the North and sending them South during the 19th century. He also discusses the wide-spread practice of renting slaves and how this tied non-slave owners to the slave system. Paul Finkelman has taught classes and written about the slave trade for many years. This interview took place at the Organization of American Historians meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 

Honoring Slaves Who Built the U.S. Capitol
Sunday, July 25, 2010     

Congressional leaders unveiled two plaques honoring African-American slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol. Historians say those slaves worked 12 hours days, six days a week. The Federal government rented those slaves from local slave owners at a rate of $5 per person per month.

American Artifacts: James Madison's Slaves
Sunday, March 11, 2012     

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States & often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," owned about a hundred slaves at Montpelier, his 4600- acre estate in Orange County, Virginia.  American History TV traveled 90 miles south of the nation's capital to learn about an archaeological project investigating the enslaved communities of James Madison's Montpelier.

Stories of Fugitive Slaves
Saturday, July 14, 2012     

Vanderbilt University history professor Richard Blackett tells the stories of fugitive slaves, examining how they used the U.S. Mail to communicate with other slaves and how they planned and executed escapes to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. This event was hosted by Penn State University's Richards Civil War Era Center.

Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Saturday, July 21, 2012     

Lucia Stanton, senior historian at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, has been studying and writing about Thomas Jefferson and his enslaved community for more than 30 years. In this program, she argues that the President sometimes treated his slaves as human beings and at other times as property. Using thousands of records kept by the third president, Stanton attempts to imagine what life was like from the point of view of the slaves. She is joined by historian Dianne Swann-Wright to discuss their ongoing oral history project that has collected the stories of over 170 descendants of Monticello’s slaves.

The Presidency: Nixon & the National Security Council
Sunday     

Former members of President Nixon's National Security Council discuss his efforts to form a comprehensive, efficient national security policy that drew on the government’s diplomatic resources. This event was co-hosted by the National Archives and the Richard Nixon Foundation. 

American Artifacts: Warren Commission Records
Sunday     

Investigative Journalist Philip Shenon discusses lingering controversies surrounding the Warren Report, presented to President Lyndon Johnson on September, 24, 1964 & released to the public three days later. This interview examines phone calls, documents, and artifacts and was recorded in a conference room used by the Warren Commission at the Washington, DC office of the VFW. Mr. Shenon's book, "A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination" is the result of five years of work and details the Commission's nine-month investigation. 

Reel America: "November 22nd & the Warren Report"
Sunday     

A CBS special report from the day the Warren Report was released to the public. It includes interviews with those who knew Lee Harvey Oswald best, including his wife and his mother, as well as those who witnessed the assassination and the aftermath on the streets of Dallas.

History of St. Paul, Minnesota
Sunday     

Our C-SPAN Cities Tour takes American History TV on the road. We feature the history of St. Paul, Minnesota throughout the weekend of September 21-23.

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN's Video Library