Tag Archives: United States

You are paying to work

Because I have a lot more time on my hands than most I tend to do a lot of thinking. The other day I realized just how many things in a person’s life are centered around their job. Then I … Continue reading

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Putnam County FL: First free black settlers

Putnam County Florida was established in 1849. The 1850 census is the first federal census of Putnam County. I am trying to learn more about the first 12 free black families to settle in Putnam County. Many of these families … Continue reading

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Some Florida History…Inspired by Cracked.com

The other day, one of the awesome Cracked.com authors wrote one of their list form pieces titled: 5 Historical Wars That Need Movie Adaptations. The top two on the list were The War of 1812 and the Second Seminole War. … Continue reading

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Slaves of A. H. Cole of Putnam County Florida

(There is an update at the end of this post thanks to the hard work of Daniel L. Schafer) White southern tradition holds that we readily lament the loss of our plantations…whether we held one or not. We openly speak … Continue reading

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My family had a slave called Prince

July 22, 1851 was the day that a slave called Prince left Savannah Georgia for East Florida. The manifest describes him as being 28 years old, 6 feet tall, and “black”…which in this case means that he had very dark … Continue reading

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Who do you work for?

I don’t mean “who are you employed with?” I mean just what I said…Who are you working for. What is the goal of you going to work each day? Whose financial future are you really enabling and securing? Is it … Continue reading

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A Letter Concerning a Slave, a Sister, and a New Republic

In his book, Heaven’s Soldiers, Dr. Frank Marotti mentions a letter sent from my uncle Fredrick A. Clarke to my uncle James W. Clarke. It’s sent from Cowlitz Landing in Washington to Florida in April of 1854. The state of Washington … Continue reading

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