Author Archives: Phillip Seitz

About Phillip Seitz

Phillip Seitz is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of Museums' Brooking Prize for Creativity. He is an historian and curator (and home brewer, bread baker, and sometime certified beer judge). He lives in Philadelphia and has been listening to BB King since he was old enough to play a record.

Slavery history: Swan Point Farm

The Swan Point Farm in Kent County, Maryland was a large plantation run with slave labor from at least the 1770s until the 1820s. Continue reading

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Slavery history: Map of Chew Family plantations, 1800-1809

See for the first time the plantations of just one Philadelphia family… Continue reading

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Slavery history: Dallington

The Dallington property is a good example of a small Maryland plantation with fewer than ten enslaved workers. It reaches deep into the history of Kent County. Continue reading

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Slavery history: The Cotton King of Philadelphia

Philadelphia was a major nineteenth century textile city built on cotton grown and harvested by slaves. One company alone, David S. Brown & Co., used 1.56 million pounds in 1859. Continue reading

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Afrocentricity

Why it is important for African Americans to reflect upon and nurture their roots. Continue reading

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When slavery came to stay

The following piece—which I warn you is long—was the first-prize winning essay in the 2011 American Association of Museums’ Brooking Competition for Creativity, and tells the story of The Cliveden Project in 2010. Continue reading

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My journey begins

How a clueless white person begins to see what’s happening all around him. Continue reading

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Slave resistance: Yarm Says No

A story of defiance and courage, unlike any you’ve ever read. Continue reading

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Slavery history: The Whitehall Plantation

The Chew Family’s Whitehall Plantation, located in Kent County, Delaware was the largest farm ever run with enslaved labor in the history of the state. Continue reading

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Slave resistance: I love bacon

This is a story about meat. It’s also a story about how slave plantations ran in Cecil County, Maryland in the early 19th century. Continue reading

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