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On January 16, 1865, General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, granting coastal plantation properties from Savannah, Georgia to the St. John’s River in Florida to ex-slaves. Extending thirty miles from the coast, this had the potential to reshape southern labor relations as much as the end of slavery. However, northern belief […]
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On November 7, 1861, the U.S. Army occupied the South Carolina sea islands. Suddenly having to deal with the existence of thousands of slaves with no masters, the military engaged in what became known as the Port Royal Experiment. This precursor to Reconstruction is an important moment in American history, one that proved to skeptical […]

Civil War Final

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On May 13, 2016

#Historians @ihr_history not all ‘owl-like.. bedraggled’ but rollicking, well-groomed, sane-looking. Daily Mail 1931 pic.twitter.com/fEwaU1L3Bx — IHR Library (@IHR_Library) May 11, 2016 Take

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Black Reconstruction

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On January 22, 2016
A good essay reminding us how vitally important W.E.B. DuBois’ slave general strike thesis that he delineated in Black Reconstruction remains today. Slaves freed themselves. With this majestic assertion in 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois all but cemented Black Reconstruction as one of the most influential American history books of the twentieth century. At the time […]
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