Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery

Wed Feb 27, 12pm
Presented by: National Archives
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In Illusions of Emancipation, professor Joseph P. Reidy discusses how emancipation was not only a product of Lincoln’s proclamation or Confederate defeat. It was a process. Slavery did not die quietly or quickly, nor did it fulfill every dream of the enslaved or their allies. It unfolded unevenly bringing drastic change, sensations of disorientation, and disrupted lives, but it through it all, the former enslaved maintain the ideal that the struggle for freedom would result in victory. A book signing will follow the program.

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