Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes changes in Frederick Douglass's opinion of Abraham Lincoln, between Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and the unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C., in 1876.
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes Dred Scott's family, including his wife, Harriet, and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie, explaining that "it's a family story that sparks one of the most important legal issues in the coming of the Civil War."
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker discusses the image from the Civil War that he would show students, "if I could show just one," considering the prospects for soldiers from the 4th United States Colored Infantry stationed at Fort Lincoln in November 1865.
Historian James Oakes (The Graduate Center, City University of New York) addresses the timeless question of agency in emancipation—who freed the slaves?—by suggesting that the query demands greater nuance. The agency of slaves and the power of policy, he argues, depended on one another.