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Format: 2015-03-31
Format: 2015-03-31
Format: 2015-03-31

Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate antislavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.

3/30/15
19th century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics
Slavery
Women

1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed.

3/28/15
19th century
Military conflict
Civil War
Politics
Slavery

On Wednesday, March 25, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania was honored to receive the 2015 Willing Hands Award for service in preserving the history of the women and girls of Philadelphia.

The annual award is bestowed by the New Century Trust, a 130-year old women’s non-profit that works to improve the educational, economic, and social status of women and girls. HSP’s President and CEO Dr. Page Talbott accepted the award at a ceremony held at the Trust’s historic location on Locust Street (directly across from HSP).

3/27/15
Arts and Culture
Community and Public Service
Philadelphia
Politics
Women

When we look back in time, we cannot know everything that happened in full detail. The historical record is rarely, if ever, complete. Yet when we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived.  Are we creating fiction?  Have we made history un-true?  Or have we actually created a truth greater than mere fact? 

3/19/15

1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed. On a more human scale, lives were changed, too.

3/18/15
19th century
African American
Civil War
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Slavery

In 1961, US Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

3/15/15
20th century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics

3/10/15

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host four film discussion events based onCreated Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

3/9/15
20th century
21st century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics

In the 1800s, Philadelphia was home to a vibrant African American community that stood at the center of antislavery and civil rights activism, before and after the Civil War. During this workshop, teachers will examine Underground Railroad sources at the Historical Society and then move to view “The Genius of Freedom” exhibit at the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) next door, discussing how to integrate primary sources into the classroom.

2/21/15
Abolition
African American
Civil War
Philadelphia
Slavery
Women

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on  2/20/15

African American
Civil Rights
Immigration
Civil War
Politics
Slavery