Frederick Douglass Descendant on Civil War Anniversary

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Many Americans are related to people who fought and died in the Civil War. But imagine that you’re related not just to one figure we associate with the Civil War and aftermath, but two. This is the case for Kenneth Morris. Not only is he the great-great-great grandson of abolitionist and Lincoln adviser Frederick Douglass, he’s also the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, the post-Civil War educator and activist. On top of that, Morris is the Founder president of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which aims to eradicate modern-day slavery.

Guests:

Kenneth Morris

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Robert Block from West 21 st

As the siege of Ft Sumter lasted a spell, I hope you stay with this Civil War topic for an equivalent time.
Let's remember, Lincoln was elected because he was a rairoad lawyer. He defended their interests and expansion. Slavery was not the institution that could industrialize American agriculture or build the trans-continental railroads or turn this country into the manufacturing and export power it became in the 20th. Yes, the war was about slavery. Not freeing some slaves but enslaving most everybody else and yes, we are still living it today. The union/labor struggle then and now is vestigal of that war. An examination of existing railroad lines prior to 1861 and the lack of standardized track width compared to say 1875 reveals the ledgers and buries the legends

Apr. 12 2011 12:41 PM
Tom In Brooklyn from Brooklyn

The only people who still care about the civil war besides historians are the dumb confederate apologists down South who can't get over the fact that they were WRONG and they LOST.

Forget them - get over it and live in the 21st century already.

WWIi is far more inportant for understanding America today.

Apr. 12 2011 10:00 AM
A.T. Eargle from New York City

Don't get too het up over the Civil War. Seventy percent of southerners never owned slaves and probably cared very y little about States Rights. They, like most Americans today, were too lazy to think for themselves and followed their "natural leaders." Instead of huffing and puffing over "racism," why not take a sensible look at how little attention people pay to their responsibilities as citizens.

Apr. 12 2011 09:43 AM

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