Thanks to authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

Authors Daniel R. Biddle Robert and Murray Dubin shared their regard and passion for the African Americans who were amazing activists and educators during the Civil War era in Philadelphia. While their book focuses on Octavius Catto, the heretofore little known African American school teacher, civil rights leader and baseball player, the authors include accounts of many other important figures of the period who fought for voting rights and civic integration, including Martin Delany, Henry Highland Garnet, Caroline Le Count, Fanny Jackson, Jacob C. White Jr, and Charlotte Forten. If you don’t recognize those names–get the book or visit their web-page Tasting Freedom to learn more.

We are so grateful to the authors for sharing their knowledge and for answering a variety of questions about how two white journalists came to write a history book focused on these important African American historical figures.


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