antebellum era

Okay, I figured since I've acquired new followers/friends in the TOTALLY AWESOME Antebellum Era fandom, that I’d post some art I’ve done to do with that era. I wanted to post something I hadn’t show ya’ll before. I don’t think I’ve posted this? 

So um, yes. This is John C. Calhoun and Andrew Jackson. This can literally show whatever you want it to. I’m leaving it open-ended. In the eye of the beholder and whatnot. 

On second thought, is this really what I should use as a welcome to my new friends? Well, if you want to get to know me properly, then yes, this is what I should use.

The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America by Walter C. Rucker

The River Flows On offers an impressively broad examination of slave resistance in America, spanning the colonial and antebellum eras in both the North and South and covering all forms of recalcitrance, from major revolts and rebellions to everyday acts of disobedience. Walter C. Rucker analyzes American slave resistance with a keen understanding of its African influences, tracing the emergence of an African American identity and culture. Rucker points to the shared cultural heritage that facilitated collective action among both African- and American-born slaves, such as the ubiquitous belief in conjure and spiritual forces, the importance of martial dance and the drum, and ideas about the afterlife and transmigration.  [BOOK LINK]

darjeelingandcoke-deactivated20  asked:

Reading your Pierce essay, I was reminded of just how awful that run of presidents in the pre-Civil War years was. Obviously the divide over slavery would have been immensely difficult for any president to resolve, but was there a plausible presidential candidate in the pre-Lincoln years who you think would have had a chance at managing it, or an election that might have made a big difference if it had gone another way?

I doubt anyone could have changed the trajectory of the country as it headed towards Civil War. I’d like to know how President Taylor would have done had he lived because despite being a Southerner and a slaveowner, he was adamantly opposed to the expansion of slavery and especially opposed to any sort of nullification or hint of secession. Taylor had threatened to personally lead troops in the case of rebellion, and as one of the popular and successful commanders of the Mexican-American War, he could back those words up. President Taylor indicated that he would veto the Compromise of 1850 but died before the package of bills were passed, so we don’t know how it would have played if Taylor had not died in office. After all, he had virtually no political experience prior to his election as President – he reportedly had never even voted before 1848. His successor, Millard Fillmore, was a Northerner, but he supported the Compromise, told President Taylor that he would vote in favor of it if, as Vice President, he had to break a tie in the Senate. After Taylor’s death, the Compromise (which was actually five separate bills) passed and President Fillmore signed it.

Other than that, the bench was pretty empty during that era. President Buchanan was probably the most experienced American political leader of his time and still has one of the best overall resumes on any President, yet he ended up being the worst President in American history. Henry Clay was the author of the Compromise of 1850 and had lost the 1844 election in an upset to James K. Polk, but the Compromise of 1850 simply kicked the can down the road. He might have marshaled the votes to postpone the Civil War, but I don’t think it would have completely avoided the war. William H. Seward was a contender for the Presidency prior to the war, but his election probably would have resulted in the same thing as Lincoln’s election in 1860 – secession and war.

Here’s a crazy possibility, though: Jefferson Davis. Former President Pierce was one of many Democrats who considered putting then-Senator Davis forward as the Democratic nominee for President (of the United States, not the Confederacy) in 1860. Davis was highly-respected as a political leader and for his military service, he was Secretary of War from 1853-1857, and served in the Senate until Mississippi seceded in January 1861 – just a month before he became the Confederate President. In peacetime, Davis had the temperament to find solutions, even though he was a slaveowner and strict proponent of states’ rights. He’s the type of leader who probably could have forestalled the war, but again, I doubt it would have been avoided. Slavery had to be ended and there is no indication that most slaveowners would agree to emancipation without a fight. Whatever was required to free the slaves was ultimately the right decision, even if it was war.

Antebellum Magical Girls

Chinese Magical Girls turning rocks into gold so they can help their families move away from the rails and to new cities and lives. Chinese Magical Girls turning into dragons and protecting the new Chinatowns of the 1870s from outside harm with their flames and hones claws.

African-American Magical Girls using healing powers to help delivery babies and soothe wounds. African-American Magical Girls using kitchen magic to make food hat warms the soul and infuses people with what they need, be it courage or love.

Southern Belles Magical Girls with swishing skirts and bundles of petticoats that fly through the skies with lace and frilled umbrellas: belles that are truly gone with the wind. Southern Belle Magical Girls that sew magic and spells into their skirts for protection against suitors that don’t respect them.

Native American/Amerindian Magical Girls with prairie skirts using the elements to reclaim land and protect their people by scultping the land around them. Native American/Amerindian Magical Girls using ignorance to their advantages and creating great, magical feats across the nation.

Magical Girls using their powers to sway abolition speeches. Magical Girls free slaves at night and cloaking them until they cross in Canada. Magical Girls spelling corsets to be comfortable. Magical Girls sneaking into the army and fighting for their homes and to save the nation.

Antebellum Magical Girls.