Episode 6: Hidden in Plain Sight


Fugitive slave advertisements, 18th & 19th century American newspapers


It’s on! The History Against the Grain boys are officially Beefin’ with Meacham™, Josh talks about the limitations and dangers of comparative history, and Chris provides a better and more historically accurate answer to the question “Who Freed the Slaves?” [Spoiler alert] Enslaved people freed themselves.

Sources Referenced:

The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831)


Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (2015)

Andrew Higgins, “He Found One of Stalin’s Mass Graves. Now He’s in Jail” New York Times (April 27, 2020)


Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States (2018)


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave written by Himself


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“The corruption of manners has been so great that the more a person endeavors to give faithful and true relations, the more he runs the hazard of composing only defamatory libels.”

Pierre Bayle

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