Natonne Elaine Kemp and special guest host Angela Walton-Raji will discuss with author and researcher Bob J. O’ Connor his research on Black Prisoners in Confederate Prisons During the Civil War.
O'Connor is a native of Dixon, Illinois and a graduate of Northern llinois University. He is retired, and lives in Charles Town, WV and is the author of nine books, all on the American Civil War. His topics include John Brown(abolitionist), Ward Hill Lamon (President Lincoln's bodyguard), and Civil War topics linked to his local area (two brothers who fought against each other twice and a black blacksmith who is seeking his freedom).
His interest in studying African American history comes from studying John Brown and Abraham Lincoln and their concerns with slavery.
His current research involves studying the black prisoners held in Confederate prisons during the Civil War. The stereotypes that no black prisoner made it to prison are wrong. In fact, he is only partially through the U.S. Co