This special Civil War 150th episode features Mike Gorman, talking about the fall of Richmond that began April 2, 1865 and the evacuation fire that followed. The fire will destroy somewhere between 800-1000 buildings. The fall of the Capitol of the Confederacy does not end the Civil War but the writing is on the wall. Gorman is a Historian and Park Ranger with the Richmond National Battlefield Parks.
Ed Ayers, the President and a History Professor at the University of Richmond is the guest. He discusses some of the complexities of emancipation, what emancipation means in a practical terms, and post Civil War Richmond. He also discusses why many consider him an internet pioneer in the fields of the humanities.
On this episode, Maurie McInnis & Gregg Kimball tell the podcast about the slave trade in Richmond, VA. Richmond was one of the centers of the domestic slave trade. McInnis is the curator of the exhibit To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade at the Library of Virginia, a professor of art history and american studies at the University of Virginia and the author of many books including Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and The American Slave Trade. Kimball is the Director of Public Services and Out Reach for the Library of Virginia.
The database of the trans-Atlantic slave trade referenced in this episode can be found here.