The liberation of four million men, women, and children from slavery in the United States is often told as a one man, one-moment story. This lecture revisits the process of U.S. emancipation by looking at the emergence of "contraband" camps, settlements of refugees from slavery seeking protection behind Union army lines, and tells the untold story of the many people and contingent moments that accomplished the real work of obtaining freedom in the middle of a civil war. It also considers how that militarized process set the U.S. apart from the other slave societies in the western hemisphere that were undertaking emancipation in the 19th century. Lecture by Amy Taylor, Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky.
Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
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