Commemorating the civil war sesquicentennial.
With this issue, Michigan History begins a yearlong series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Every magazine in 2011 will feature two articles: one relating to an individual or group of individuals and one relating to a major theme of the war. In this issue, we reach into the past to bring you the voice of Perry Sanford. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1832, he escaped his bonds at the young age of 15 in the company of 10 other freedom seekers. It took him a month to reach a Quaker colony near Cassopolis, Michigan. But his time there was short and fraught with danger, as you will discover when you turn this page.
Following Sanford's slave narrative is a piece that perfectly captures the social and political environment that existed in the state prior to the war. You'll see how the abolition movement took root here, led by the indomitable Laura Smith Haviland, and how the divergent politics of Lewis Cass and Zachariah Chandler mirrored the trials and tensions on the national scene. Michigan's most lasting contribution to political history--the founding of the Republican Party--is also discussed in depth.
The next issue, March/April, will highlight the wartime careers of Austin Blair and John Robertson and present a statistical picture of Michigan's fighting men.