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Childhood home of ‘Uncle Tom’ receives national recognition

Rev. Josiah Henson’s early years were spent as a slave on a 260-acre plantation in what is now North Bethesda, Md. He escaped to Canada as an adult and in 1849 wrote a widely-read autobiography about his life as a slave. Henson’s personal story became the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1853 best-selling novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which fueled the abolitionist movement in the North.
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Slavery archaeology update

Academics / Archaeology : ArchaeoBlog (3 years ago)

Structure found in Md. may be linked to man who inspired ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Archaeologists have discovered what they think are remains of a barn or blacksmith workshop in North Bethesda that could date to the days of Josiah Henson,... Read Post

USCT Liberating Slaves

History / US History : Blog Divided (5 years ago)

As United States Colored Troops (USCT) regiments entered southern states, they had the opportunity on numerous occasions to liberate slaves. After one USCT regiment liberated slaves from a plantation in North Carolina, an editorial ... Read Post

Slave burial ground discovered on Florida island plantation

History / US History : A House Divided (3 years ago)

The National Park Service says a previously unknown slave burial ground has been discovered at the Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island near Jacksonville, Fla. The plantation, dating to the early 19th century, was owned by Zeph... Read Post

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