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Category: Slavery

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Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, 160 Years Later

Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.

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The Amistad Slave Rebellion, 175 Years Ago

On its 175th anniversary, take a look back at the mutiny that galvanized the abolitionist movement.

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Deeper Roots of Northern Slavery Unearthed

An investigation has revealed that one of Colonial New England’s most aristocratic families participated in the slave trade.

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Solomon Northup After His “12 Years a Slave”

With Oscar buzz building around “12 Years a Slave,” find out more about the mysterious life of protagonist Solomon Northup.

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Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago

On the 175th anniversary of the escape of Frederick Douglass from slavery, look back at how the famed abolitionist became a free man.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation

One hundred fifty years after Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, explore five facts about the 16th U.S. president and his policies on slavery.

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Emancipation Proclamation Copy Signed by Lincoln for Sale

Bidders can take home a rare piece of history on Tuesday when a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln goes up for auction.

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Archaeologists Seek Evidence of Oldest Black School

A building in Williamsburg, Virginia, might be the oldest existing structure associated with black education in the United States.