Jeremiah Hamilton was a rapacious, double-dealing millionaire in 19th-century America. But Wall Street never let him forget he was black.
Eric Herschthal, a history doctoral student at Columbia University, has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and elsewhere.
Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the war for independence.
Capitalism in the U.S. owes much of its start to slavery, which in turn owed much of its success to government handouts.
Did Hamilton have gay sex? Was Jefferson in love with his slave? Each generation sees in the sex lives of the Founding Fathers what it wants to see.
Who should get the most credit for ending slavery in America and Great Britain? A landmark new book argues that blacks did far more for their own emancipation than previously appreciated.
In the American Revolution a woman named Deborah Samson donned men’s clothes and fought the British. Now transgender novelist Alex Myers has told her story and explores sexual identity in the 18th century.
When historian Simon Winchester became American, he decided to set out to understand how the country developed. His new book tells the story of the men who shaped and united America. He talks to Eric Herschthal about what he found.
Was slavery just as harmful in its benign form in the colonial North as it was in the prerevolutionary South? Eric Herschthal on a new history.
Barbados presaged all British slave settlements. Andrea Stuart talks to Eric Herschthal about the island’s—and her family’s—tormented history.