Lisa Rucker

  • In my opinion, Beall was charged and executed for the wrong crime and should have been charged for treason along with is Confederate commanders.  On pages 40 – 41 of the memoir, it explains that Beall believed up […]

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment 5: Prep 1 month ago

    Thanks Naomi. I had thought about it quite a bit since there seems to be a correlation between what happen during slavery and what the new generations are experiencing health wise today.

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment 5: Prep 1 month ago

    I would agree with you that I need to narrow down my thesis. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment 5: Prep 1 month ago

    Thanks for the recommendation Joe and I will most certainly look up the information that you so kindly provided. I love PBS and NPR. Thanks again!

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment 5: Prep 1 month ago

    It is my attention to mention it since all of this was occurring at the same time. The only way that I can think of that the historians are able to confirm motives and private opinions is from an arrangements of sources like court documents or a collection of data from reliable sources.

  • Thesis statement:  The ingenuity of the slaves and how they survived through the toughest of times during slavery proves that the culture has unbelievable endurance.

    What I have learned about writing a diary […]

    • I find it fascinating what you discovered about owners saying that they enslaved people to “help” them but then how some people used that as an excuse. I wonder how historians are able to confirm ulterior motives and private opinions, not just in this instance but any. Even with diaries or personal interviews, one would never know if people are holding things back or improperly recalling their past thoughts. Looking at a diary is fascinating! Will you try to make any correlations between Anne Frank’s diary?

      • It is my attention to mention it since all of this was occurring at the same time. The only way that I can think of that the historians are able to confirm motives and private opinions is from an arrangements of sources like court documents or a collection of data from reliable sources.

    • As someone who has extensively studied slave life for my senior thesis, I completely agree when you say the culture of slaves is unbelievable endurance. I believe that the life of a slave is one of insurmountable resilience. I suggest you look into a novel called Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon for a potential conclusion to depict how African Americans have continued to fight even after the Civil War during a period referred to as Neo-Slavery. This book also has a PBS special based off of it and an NPR cast from the MSU library. I highly recommend it.

      • Thanks for the recommendation Joe and I will most certainly look up the information that you so kindly provided. I love PBS and NPR. Thanks again!

    • I like what you said about endurance within the culture. I never really thought of their resilience as endurance but you are absolutely right. The culture has shown so much endurance and stamina in times when most would’ve broken down and given up. Using diaries in your research gives it such a candid viewpoint, which I really like.

      • Thanks Naomi. I had thought about it quite a bit since there seems to be a correlation between what happen during slavery and what the new generations are experiencing health wise today.

    • 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 demonstrated by figures assumed to be completely powerless, black slave women, would be a good way to go. Your thesis is good, but it is a little general and could be better if you were to strip away the obvious and focus on a point that would really show the difference of your thesis from a general observation.

      • I would agree with you that I need to narrow down my thesis. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment # 5 1 month ago

    I also think that it is interesting that William wrote letters to his brother after his brother had died. I think wars dehumanizes people no matter what side of the war one is on so it was interesting to learn about the personal stories of families of the men and women who faught in the war.

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment Five 1 month ago

    It will be interesting reading your final post. There has been so many conflicting accounts of what Lincoln’s true motives were. I honestly can say that I have no idea as to what the truth really is however your project has me interested and I will have to do some research about this as well.

  • Lisa Rucker commented on the post, Assignment 5 1 month ago

    I also found out through this research about all of the things that I didn’t know about the civil war and slavery. It was interesting learning about the educational backgrounds that the army commanders had as well as the technical skill training that the soldiers had.

  • Assignment 4 Tracking a Commander’s Subordinate by Mapping

    US Army Commanding Army of the Tennessee:  Maj. Ulysses S. Grant

                           Grant                           […]

  • I also learned that there was evidence of slaves believing that they had a positive relationship with their slave owners. I equate it with what goes on today when a battered woman doesn’t realize that she’s in a bad relationship because she thinks it’s the norm so she continues to love and cherish her abuser.

  • I was also surprised about whites and slaves in the same place of worship but for a different reason. I always thought that the slaves had to worship on the outside of the church in the back with a designated slave approved by a white pastor. I had never heard of whites and slaves under the same roof when it came to worshiping.

  • 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…[Read more]

  • I agree with you that I could only imagine what slaves went through back then after reading their personal accounts. I know that the person that I am today, would not have survived back during slavery times for several reasons. Slaves were strong willed and determined to get through their adversities by lifting each other up as well as standing…[Read more]

  • Part 1

    Disclosure:  My responses are from a direct account of my grandfather who remembered vividly having to call a man “Massa” on a plantation as a young boy.  My beloved granddad, rest his soul, gave our f […]

    • I found that by adding comparisons from your grandfathers personal recollections you were able to give your post extra weight. That personal level that you were able to achieve by doing this really held my attention and made me wish that I could have heard some of his stories. Great job.

    • In one of the accounts I read, the woman being interviewed left her former owners, but her parents did not because they saw themselves as being needed by the white couple that had previously owned them. I was shocked by that and I don’t blame you for being shocked by the way that the slaves in your account viewed themselves as part of the family and were willing to be on the plantation even after gaining freedom.

    • I thought what you said about religion was interesting. It was always my understanding that a large majority of slaves practiced religion because they needed something bring hope and faith. What you mentioned about some slaves not believing in religion because of the atrocities being committed against them makes so much sense. Before this assignment, I never even thought about that.

    • 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 goes to show how much information there is on the subject and how differentiated each individual’s experience was.

    • Thank you for sharing the information about your grandfather. I am sure he had some very insightful and fascinating stories to share about his experiences growing up and working on a plantation in Mississippi. Those type of first hand accounts are always the most interesting. I too was surprised that the many slaves, once freed, chose to stay on the plantations that enslaved them. I naively assumed that they would embrace their freedom and either head north or farm for themselves but this assignment helped me to understand just how difficult it must have been for former slaves to overcome the mental and physical oppression they suffered.

    • Thank you for sharing the information about your grandfather. I am sure he had some very insightful and fascinating stories to tell about his experiences growing up and working on a plantation in Mississippi. Those types of first hand accounts are always the most interesting. I too was surprised that many slaves, once freed, chose to stay on the plantations that enslaved them. I naively assumed that they would embrace their freedom and either head north or farm for themselves but this assignment helped me to understand just how difficult it must have been for former slaves to overcome the mental and physical oppression they suffered.

    • I really enjoyed reading this and was pleasantly surprised that you had direct information, which correlates well to my perspectives of slavery and the ways in which slaves were treated. It shocks me as well as how deeply conditioned some of the slaves were, to a point where they almost worshiped the slave masters and white people.

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  • Hi Antonia- Congratulations!! What an accomplishment!! I am sure that you understand the importance of your degree. I am interested in what you think about what is going on within our country right now. I have found that a fresh pair of eyes and ears can be quite informative as well as creative. Sometimes the politics loses site of the end…[Read more]

  • Dr. Summerhill- I agree with you entirely that the way history was taught in K-12 years ago from my experience impacted me as well as some of my peers to shy away from history. All of the facts were simply not in our text books. I took a history course for the first time since high school last semester and was captivated by the similarities of…[Read more]

  • Hello Everyone,

    My name is Lisa Rucker and I am a junior at Michigan State University.  I made the decision to return to school after an almost 20 year hiatus as I raised six children with my husband.  Five o […]

    • Hi Lisa–Welcome to HST 304. Your post about how you used to hate history but now appreciate it much more is a very common sentiment. I think it has a lot to do with how history is taught in the K-12 system. When we are young we are taught history as a series of facts and chronologies. After K-12, people begin seeing that history is a living thing. We use history to guide us in our decisions, and thus being accurate–and interpreting it correctly using evidence–takes on a very practical meaning. This course has plenty of facts, as you will see. But the real action is in research and interpretation. So please enjoy this aspect of the course!

    • Dr. Summerhill- I agree with you entirely that the way history was taught in K-12 years ago from my experience impacted me as well as some of my peers to shy away from history. All of the facts were simply not in our text books. I took a history course for the first time since high school last semester and was captivated by the similarities of what occurred in the past and what is occurring in real-time. With the recent protests that are going on within the U.S. in 2017 and the civil unrest that includes several different identity groups, taking a course to learn about the civil war seemed like the right thing to do to have an understanding.

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