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  • Collection: Black History Research Articles

Coventry's Mero Family in the Civil War

Civil War service of Andrew H. Mero, Charles W. Mero, Edward H. Mero, and Sylvester Mero of Coventry, Vermont, in the Massachusetts 54th.

Meros of Woodstock and Derby, Vermont: A Network of Free Black Families

While the historical record of the Meros' Civil War service remains indisputable, research led to the discovery of two different Mero families living miles apart from one another. Parallels exist with Cesar Lewis, a Mero neighbor in Sutton, New…

The Buffalo Soldiers in Vermont, 1909-1913

In July 1909, the Tenth United States Cavalry Regiment, one of four regular army black regiments collectively known as the Buffalo Soldiers, arrived in Burlington, Vermont, to begin a four-year tour of duty at Fort Ethan Allen in neighboring…

Vermont attitudes toward slavery : the need for a closer look

The fact that a segment of Vermont's population in the first half of the nineteenth century at least tolerated, if not supported, slavery needs further examination. Graffagnino points to prominent Vermonters who opposed as well as a minority of…

Slavery in Burlington? : an historical note

This brief article lays out strong evidence that Lucy Caroline (Allen) Hitchcock, daughter of Ethan Allen, was the owner of two slaves, Lavinia Parker and her son Francis, between 1835-1841 in Burlington, Vermont.

African Americans in Burlington, Vermont, 1880-1990

The history of Black people in Burlington during the late nineteenth century developed within the wider context of other local ethnic groups, but also should be understood on its own terms. At the same time, Afro-Burlingtonians shared many…

African Americans in Addison County, Charlotte, and Hinesburgh, Vermont, 1790-1860

Black Vermonters were, by definition, oddballs -- a tiny minority who chose the country over the city. How did they fare in this rural environment? What sort of work did they find in Vermont's agrarian economy? Did they own farms or homes? Were they…

The working lives of African Vermonters in census and literature, 1790-1870

As in other states, the white majority delegated most Blacks to menial positions, reserving for Anglo-Saxon whites high status jobs and social privileges.

The power of erasure: reflections on civil war, race, and growing up White in Vermont

Guyette makes a case for looking at Vermont's history as it concerns the treatment of African Americans and how we need "to understand our real history and the 'culture-wide stampeded spirit' engendered by our myths that burden people of color."

"Women were among our primeval abolitionists:" women and organized anti-slavery in Vermont, 1834-1848

Vermont's reputation as a bastion of antislavery and women's extensive involvement in antislavery societies elsewhere in the Northeast suggests that Jonathan Miller was not just boasting. But if so many women were involved, as Miller contended, why…

The strange career of Benjamin Franklin Prentiss, antislavery lawyer

A nineteenth-century genealogist alleged that Prentiss, the young St. Albans amanuensis of Jeffrey Brace's 1810 memoir, The Blind African Slave, practiced law in Richmond, Virginia, and ran a plantation in Wheeling, West Virginia. Although this…

"For colored people [they] had a great many friends:" the Phillips-Lynde family of Windham, Connecticut, and Brookfield, Vermont

Recent scholarship has uncovered the lives of Black soldiers, farmers, landowners, voters, and taxpayers who were as much a part of the early history of this country and this state as the founders. John and Judith Lynde are not unique, and similar…