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Slavery and the Making of AmericaPicture of the first black U.S. Senator and representatives
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

The Slave Experience: Freedom & Emancipation
Intro Historical Overview Character Spotlight You be the Judge Personal Narratives Original Docs
Imagining Freedom Before and After Civil War
Montage of slavery-related political cartoons
Interactive Game: Match the Historical Event to the Political Image

The Civil War was instigated in part by disagreements over the role of slavery in America, and as such it was instrumental in shaping the future of African Americans. The political illustrations and cartoons which follow -- published between 1860 and 1877 -- all comment on the events that brought about slavery's end and examine what freedom meant for blacks living in post-war America.
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