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Letter from Harriet Jacobs to Ednah Dow Cheney

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The year was 1867. Two years had passed since the end of the Civil War. Harriet Jacobs had spent the time helping freed slaves by distributing relief supplies, teaching, and providing health care. She had returned to her childhood home in Edenton, North Carolina, to help those she once knew.

In a letter to Ednah Dow Cheney, a Boston abolitionist and secretary of the New England Freedmen's Aid Society, Harriet wrote from her grandmother's old house, giving a report on the state of the recently-freed slaves.

Please note that spelling has not been corrected and that, as was Harriet's style, the first characters of sentences were not capitalized.

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