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.