Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 6 GIF Recap

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Catch up on Episode 6, House of Bondage, with an episode recap. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Reconstructing the Family Unit: Repairing Bonds Broken by Slavery

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In this blog post, Kenyatta D. Berry, J.D., discusses marriages of former slaves in Virginia and recounts her own family story.

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'Freedom of Matrimony': Celebrating Love in an Era of Emancipation

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Anya Jabour, Ph.D., explains that for emancipated African Americans, wedding celebrations offered one of the first opportunities to enjoy freedom.

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Until Death or Distance: Romance and Marriage Among Contrabands

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the customs and challenges of marriage during slavery.

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