Hayley Danch

  • Hayley Danch commented on the post, Assignment Five 3 months ago

    I think this is a wonderful idea and very unique! I love Abraham Lincoln and your ideas seem to formulate on his achievements and successes as a human and a president. I think Lincoln is a great inspiration especially in today’s government of having a leader lead two very split nations so selflessly and honorably. Your ideas seem to showcase his…[Read more]

  • I loved the findings that you have emphasized on as important to your point! I think the parts about female spies and the women’s role in plans of escape are very interesting and unique. Because of these findings, you could specify your thesis a bi more and speak to the role that women played in the war and in slavery. Perhaps the skill…[Read more]

  • Hayley Danch commented on the post, Assignment 5 3 months ago

    That is a very interesting topic. I think what I find most interesting is the process in which the maps have been labeled as areas having historic significance. That really is quite insightful into just how much land was used during the war. My advice to you would be to fine tune your thesis into something a little more applicable by your sources…[Read more]

  • Hayley Danch commented on the post, Assignment 5 3 months ago

    Using a political cartoon was a great idea! There is an abundant amount of information out there and the political commentary is very important to the ideology of the public at the time. My advice to you would be to implement how the cartoon was an expression of the greater public. The media has always been an outlet for the public to display…[Read more]

  • For the project, the items I am examining are slave narratives on PBS.org website by several different slaves. This is one of my primary sources. These narratives show forth the knowledge of former slaves having […]

  • Hi Tyler!

    You are absolutely right, some of the officers were much better about accounting for their movements on the battlefield. Perhaps this was due to the heat of the moment and perhaps forgetting their steps. Anyways, it seems as if you chose a great officer because his accounts seem quite detailed in terms of track-ability. I also faced…[Read more]

  • Hi Joe!

    Wow! Your account was super detailed especially in terms of directions. My account lacked a lot of direction and I had to search for my Brigade on the interactive map. That must have been really helpful for following on both types of maps. On another student’s feed, she commented on the hardship she had following on the secondary maps…[Read more]

  • Hi Yiling!

    I find it really interesting that you found the primary maps easier to follow! I, for one, did not think about the compass or about the scale. I usually assume “up” is North and then corresponding for East, West, and South. Those are interesting points though and because the primary map is more dated demonstrates how these were…[Read more]

  • Hi Anne!

    I had a similar struggle with you as to placing the Brigade at specific points on the map based on his accounts. The only reason I could pinpoint him exactly was because of the interactive map. I find it impressive how much you did find out about his movements just off of his accounts. Some were not as detailed. However, the primary…[Read more]

  • Following the Brigade of General T. Shermann in the Battle of Shiloh was interesting and challenging. Trying to correspond the entries with the maps did not always make sense or follow a cohesive line. First of […]

    • It’s interesting how specific some reports were compared to others. The colonel I followed scarcely mentioned landmarks, whereas yours seemed to be all about it. I can imagine it being difficult as a historian to have such varied details in the reports. It’s neat that with the topographical information you were able to understand why certain retreats and surprise attacks were possible.

    • I too am directionally challenged so it was difficult for me to follow the primary source maps. The handwriting was hard to read, and for some there was no legend to reference. I found that the secondary maps were much more detailed, and easier to follow.

    • After reading your post, I think being a historian is a very difficult position. There are a lot of material which are used to depict an event. Different material show different details. Reading those different details provide historians different understanding towards the same event.

    • I was surprised to discover that I too thought the primary sources were pretty useless when it came to tracking any certain group. This was opposite from what I assumed would be true because I thought that the primary sources would be much more accurate and comprehensive. I agree that the secondary sources were much more beneficial and provided a much clearer way to track movements.

  • I am interested in exploring family histories of slaves from the Civil War. I think this would be an interesting topic because we have a lot of preconceived notions about family life for slaves and how that has […]

  • Madelyn,
    I found your comments on family life very interesting. My initial impressions of slaves were that they were very often split up from their family and they would never hear from them again. Your initial view was almost the exact opposite stating that slaves very often lived their whole lives with their whole family on a plantation doing…[Read more]

  • Naomi,
    I think you are completely right about the slaves’ view of white people. Although many slaves probably did view them very poorly because of the way they were treated, maintaining a positive relationship was a much better alternative than having a relationship of strife. This speaks to many slaves’ resignation that this was the way it would…[Read more]

  • Lisa,
    Wow! It is wonderful that you got to know your grandfather so well, and he was able to share such rich commentary on such an important time in history. You are very lucky, as I am sure you know, to have had that in your life. Clearly, you knew a lot about slavery going into this assignment. However, your remarks about still learning a lot…[Read more]

  • Anthony,
    Don’t you find it quite interesting how education was challenged because of the threat that they envisioned it would have on the slaves ability to escape their enslavement? I find that aspect very interesting, as if the only thing keeping them enslaved was their lack of education. On the other hand, some slave owners really encouraged…[Read more]

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  • Region of the U.S.: Slavery was all over the United States, but starting around Lincoln’s era and with the introduction of his abolitionist ideals, the South held true to their convictions of slavery and f […]

    • Some slave were educated by their owners wives or other family member who developed a relationship with them. I was not aware that the white families that were caught teaching slaves how to read were fined. WKAR PBS has the original document on their website and it also stated the reasoning behind the fear of slaves being taught. The reasoning behind the fear was that if slaves were taught literacy, it would compromise the slavery system and the slaves would no longer be dependent on them for their survival.

    • Learning that slaves worked 12 hours a day makes me question what they did for the rest of their days. With no education, no rights, and no means of traveling far, what could they do doing their “time off”? Slaveholders would often prevent their slaves from getting an education (perhaps to try to limit strategic and intelligible slave uprisings?) which I find revolting. Education is so important to the evolution of a group. The lack of education probably helped keep the slaves on a lower tier from the views of society.

    • I agree with the statement you made on how all the stories that slaves retold were unique despite overlapping truths. I encountered that as well while trying to pick which story to use for my analysis.

    • The varying accounts by former slaves really shed some light on how the different conditions and especially the character of their owners could result in completely different experiences. It’s understandable how a slave would feel grateful to an owner who treated him well and maybe consider himself lucky in comparison to those who weren’t as fortunate. I can only imagine how dehumanizing it must have been to be owned by someone and have no rights what so ever.

    • I think you pointed out an important part of slavery in that many slaves believed they would die in slavery. I had always thought about slavery in the context of it eventually ending but for slaves before the civil war there was no end in sight. The hopelessness of their position and the uncertainty of there being a better life if they were able to escape must have made their lives even worse than just the hard labor and terrible conditions.

    • That slavery ever existed in Ohio was also a revelation to me. I knew that Maryland was a slave state, as it decided to remain neutral during the war. But that a northern, midwestern state ever held slaves was pretty shocking to me.

    • We had many similar ideas of what slavery was like in our original assumptions. I also found it interesting what you said about how slaves were mostly considered to be in the South. Considering how far north your account shows slaves were was very eye opening and made me realized that slavery was not just confined to the South.

    • I think a universality between everyone’s findings regarding slavery is that the slave experience is not a singular narrative, but one that varies from person to person. Plantation to plantation. To read the narratives, however, isn’t always quite getting the facts. Do bear in mind that many stories, detailed as they are, are recollections decades after, which leads me to question precisely how reliable – or factual – some of the information may be.

    • During the civil war, Slavery in the South part of America had become critical by publishing Civil Law. As the growth of the agriculture, slavery played an important role which helped the economy significantly increasing the profit and output. Most of the slaves had a hard time, but the situation could be varied. Even though it was the foundation of US economy, it is definitely terrible since we all born to be equal.

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