top of page
Notebook and Pen

Introducing Mary Ellen Pleasant

Explore More

Black Wall Street

Empire State of Mind


Black Wall Street

Empire State of Mind


Black Wall Street – Empire State of Mind


By Ron Shabazz Shillingford. Copyright © Ronald Shillingford 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Beautiful fugitive slave Mary Ellen Pleasant and her heroic husband risk their lives sneaking onto plantations freeing slaves. Mary Ellen is suspected of killing him for the inheritance and her financial support of fugitive para-military abolitionist John Brown, wanted for High Treason. Despite her trials, she stops the reintroduction of slavery throughout Central and Southern America. To do so she gets into bed with two of Wall Street’s most ruthless businessmen to change the course of history.

After escaping the clutches of the Sheriff of New Orleans, Mary Ellen flees to San Francisco during the gold rush, already rich, from her inheritance. The city is now a commercial bottleneck of movers and shakers. Mary Ellen forms a catering business employing slaves she has freed, cooking and waiting tables of expensive boarding houses. Diners spew their secrets in front of the socially inconsequential black ex-slaves who serve them. The waitresses learn highly valuable and financially sensitive information of corporations, visionaries, business and political leaders. To prise valuable intel from reluctant marks, Mary Ellen deploys the amazingly voluptuous and sexually dynamic duo Annie and Venus in a process Mary Ellen calls White-Male-ing, leveraging secrets. Insider-information on listed companies makes her millions on the New York Stock Exchange. The money frees more slaves, expanding her eavesdropping network, in a virtuous circle, gathering more and more information for leverage, increasing her power and influence in San Francisco. The network brings to light a quixotic plan for a Central and Southern America Slave empire, to begin in Nicaragua, led by William Walker.


Home: Scripts
Home: About
All the main characters in the script 
are featured in the videos below
Filibuster in Nicaragua, Part 6: William Walker vs. Cornelius Vanderbilt

Filibuster in Nicaragua, Part 6: William Walker vs. Cornelius Vanderbilt

As William Walker struggles to maintain his control on Nicaragua, the Latin American Allies working with Cornelius Vanderbilt are finally able to dethrone the self-appointed “President of Nicaragua,” finally ending the American endeavor at conquering Nicaragua and the surrounding countries. This episode is Part 6 of 6 in the story of William Walker’s attempt at establishing his own Republic of Nicaragua. A clarification from Chris Calton: I claim that the Sharps rifle had a range of “twenty football fields.” A listener pointed out that Wikipedia lists an effective firing range of only 500 yards, and a maximum range of 1,000 yards. In 'Tycoon’s War', Stephen Dando-Collins writes, “The Hondurans thought they were out of range, but the Sharps rifle had a range of two thousand yards.” Neither Wikipedia nor Dando-Collins offer a citation for their range estimates, so I don’t know which one is correct, but I was referencing Dando-Collins for my claim. Chris Calton gives a revisionist look at the antebellum period leading up to the Civil War. This is the 19th episode in the second season of Historical Controversies. Historical Controversies is available online at: RSS: iTunes: Google Play: Soundcloud: Stitcher: Music: "On the Ground" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Walker (1987) | Based on a True Story
The Cynical Historian

Walker (1987) | Based on a True Story

Walker is perhaps the most inaccurate movie I’ve ever reviewed. Yet, I absolutely love it for that. Some of this review will ruin the surprise of it, so let me just say: it is the best inaccurate movie I know. I’ll get into why later, and put up a spoiler warning there. It has a disctly current leaning, but is also meant to lampoon the person it is based on. See my rediculous cover of the Walker theme song here: ------------------------------------------------------------ references: William Walker, _War in Nicaragua_ (New York: SH Goetzel & Co, 1860). Joseph Stout Jr, _Schemers & Dreamers: Filibustering in Mexico_ (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 2002). Alan Axelrod, _America’s Wars_ (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002), 336-38, 361-63, 366-68, 494-95, 496-99. Richard Slotkin, _The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, _ (New York: Atheneum Books, 1985), 242-278. ------------------------------------------------------------ SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE VIDEOS: Support the channel through Patreon: or pick up some merchandise at SpreadShirt: LET'S CONNECT: ------------------------------------------------------------ Wiki: Walker is a 1987 American-Spanish historical revisionist film directed by Alex Cox and starring Ed Harris, Richard Masur, René Auberjonois, Peter Boyle, Miguel Sandoval, and Marlee Matlin. The film is based on the life story of William Walker, the American filibuster who invaded and made himself president of Nicaragua. It was written by Rudy Wurlitzer and scored by Joe Strummer, who has a small role as a member of Walker's army. The film is intentionally full of anachronisms such as helicopters, Zippo lighters, automatic rifles, and cars. It was filmed in Nicaragua during the Contra War. ------------------------------------------------------------ Hashtags: #History #Filibuster #WilliamWalker #Walker #Review #BasedOnATrueStory #USNicaraguaRelations
Home: Video
Home: Instagram

Thanks for submitting!

Home: Contact
bottom of page