"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Monday, May 28, 2012

iNotes:
Information Communication from Jean Libby

Podcast on African American History

Lesley Gist has pioneered communication of African American histories, and herstories, using webcast interview and slide shows on twice-weekly webcasts under the general title Antique Radio Show.  Recently the programs are collected in a library on iTunes:
 http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gist-freedom-preserving-american/id491950048

Lesley is a descendant of William Still and has extensively researched the Underground Railroad associations of her family using this classic as a matrix.  She travels the Eastern Corridor to interview and participate in African American events.  These podcasts are noncommercial and may be downloaded from iTunes without fees.  I recommend the one on Black Civil War Physicians and Nurses for immediate enlightenment and enjoyment.

"WebTalk Radio" Presents Underground Railroad Interviews

Tom Calarco, author of People of the Underground Railroad, a Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood Press 2009), is doing webcast interviews focusing on the  Underground Railroad:

Allies for Freedom editor Jean Libby is featured recently talking about John Brown with Mick Konowal, who is now the owner of the 1853 Sharps rifle belonging to Dauphin Thompson.  It was in the family of the U.S. Marine officer who captured it, Major William Worthington, for 153 years.  They had not discovered the secret inscription "ANNIE" under the sling barrel.  Konowal, a senior attorney at Microsoft Corporation in Washington State and serious history enthusiast (complete with Museum Specialist credentials) found it there, along with Dauphin Thompson's name and that of his sister Bell, the wife of Watson Brown.  Our interview is posted, as well as that of John Brown scholars Norman Dann and Bryan and Shannon Prince of the Buxton (Canada) Historical Society.  http://webtalkradio.net/shows/from-slavery-to-freedom/

Pictures and the story of the African welcome for Dauphin Thompson's rifle from an event at the Sunnyvale Public Library in California on March 7, 2012 are posted at: http://www.alliesforfreedom.org/Santa_Clara_County_Civil_War.html


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