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A Voice from Rebel Prisons, 1865

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This is a book that was published in the early 20th century by a Union Civil War veteran who served in the 48th Regiment New York Volunteer. This “Returned Prisoner of War” recounted his enlistment and service up until his capture by…

"Negro Troops in the Civil War", 1887

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At a moment when the bitterness of race prejudice is
shown in the recent school controversies in Kansas, Indi-
ana, and Ohio, reminding us of the old Free States that we
cannot consistently reproach our brethren of the old Slave
States with…

"Shall I Trust these Men, and Not this Man?", August 5, 1865

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During the latter part of the Civil War, the Union formulated a policy that would allow for the enlistment of African Americans, many former enslaved men from the South, to enlist and become soldiers fighting on behalf of the Union. Once the Civil…

"The Reconstruction Prospect," November 12, 1867

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We have favored the holding of a Convention asauthorized by Congress, and of doing all that couldfairly and honorably be done to effect reconstructionand restore the State to civil government, but we canplainly see that almost a death-blow has been…

"Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders," ca. 1820s

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THERE was a planter in the country, not far from us, whom I will call Mr. Litch. He was an ill-bred, uneducated man, but very wealthy. He had six hundred slaves, many of whom he did not know by sight. His extensive plantation was managed by well-paid…

"National Politics," December 31, 1866

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In a somewhat similar view of the case the New HavenJournal and Courier looks upon the bill as "an immediate result of the refusal of the Southern States to accept the proposed Constitutional Amendment." For, while Congress was willing last Summer to…

"Editorial Notes on the South," May 31, 1867

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If an election of any kind were to be held in the South within the next month, there is no reasonable doubt that three-fourths of the negro vote would be cast with the Southern white vote. There is perfect accord between the large portion of the…

"Childhood," ca. 1810s-1820s

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I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away. My father was a carpenter, and considered so intelligent and skilful in his trade, that, when buildings out of the common line were to be erected, he was sent…

Amnesty Petition of David Schenck, May 14, 1866

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To His Excellency, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States of America. David Schenck, a citizen residing in Lincolnton, Lincoln Country; State of North Carolina shows to your Excellency that his property is [liable?] to confiscation by…

"Under Which Flag?," News and Observer, November 1, 1889

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The cartoon “Under Which Flag” emphasizes the importance race and gender played in the post-war South. The cartoon depicted two candidates with their flags and platforms. The white flag has the white rule platform promising good…