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Emancipation Collection

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Reconstruction upholding equal rights, 1868

Reconstruction upholding equal rights, 1868
Reconstruction depicted as equal rights reform, 1868. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Passage of the 13th Amendment ending slavery, 1865

Passage of the 13th Amendment ending slavery, 1865
Celebration of the enactment of the 13th Amendment in the House of Representatives, ending slavery, 1865. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Celebrating the end of slavery in Washington DC, 1866

Celebrating the end of slavery in Washington DC, 1866
Celebration of the abolition of slavery in Washington DC, 1866. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00045

HUSG2A-00045
Freed slaves wedding dance in a cabin, US South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Cartoon about literacy tests in the South, 1870s

Cartoon about literacy tests in the South, 1870s
" The blakman orter be eddikated afore he kin vote with us wites" - cartoon about literacy tests, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Wedding of former slaves in the South, 1870s

Wedding of former slaves in the South, 1870s
Freed African-American couple getting married in a cabin during Reconstruction. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Funeral of a former black slave, Reconstruction Era

Funeral of a former black slave, Reconstruction Era
Negro funeral in Virginia, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00050

HUSG2A-00050
African-American boy reading to his family of former slaves, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Freed slaves escaping after the Emancipation Proclamation

Freed slaves escaping after the Emancipation Proclamation
Freed Negroes coming into the Union lines at Newbern NC, after the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Black stevedores in St. Louis, Missouri, 1890s

Black stevedores in St. Louis, Missouri, 1890s
African-American roustabouts on the levee, St. Louis, Missouri, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Blacks crushed by prejudice and violence after emancipation

Blacks crushed by prejudice and violence after emancipation
Immigrant, a southerner, and a businessman combine to declare the US to be " a white mans government, " 1868. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00026

HUSG2A-00026
African-American outdoor prayer meeting in the South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Skidmore Guard reunion in New York City, 1870s

Skidmore Guard reunion in New York City, 1870s
Ball of the Skidmore Guard, a black military organization, NYC, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Emancipation Proclamation explained to former slaves in Louisiana

Emancipation Proclamation explained to former slaves in Louisiana
US Army officer meeting with African-Americans in Louisiana after the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Voting rights cut away from a black Sampson, 1868

Voting rights cut away from a black Sampson, 1868
Southern Delilah cutting voting rights from a black Samson, 1868. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Blacks in South Carolina legislature under Reconstruction

Blacks in South Carolina legislature under Reconstruction
Reconstructed South Carolina legislature, including African-American delegates, passing an appropriations bill, 1873. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Black voters in Richmond, Virginia, 1871

Black voters in Richmond, Virginia, 1871
African-American citizens voting in Richmond, Virginia, 1871. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: First black voters in Washington DC, 1867

First black voters in Washington DC, 1867
African-American election official supervising the first black voters in Washington DC, 1867. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00015

HUSG2A-00015
African-American man collecting pay for cotton delivered in Austin, Texas, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00009

HUSG2A-00009
African-American workers collecting pay after harvesting strawberries in Virginia during Reconstruction. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00023

HUSG2A-00023
Freed African-Americans traveling through St Louis, leaving the South after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00027

HUSG2A-00027
Visiting pastor having dinner with an African-American family, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00030

HUSG2A-00030
African-American church congregation in Washington DC, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00028

HUSG2A-00028
African-American oyster peddler in Baltimore, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00022

HUSG2A-00022
Freed African-Americans embarking for the North on riverboats after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00032

HUSG2A-00032
Former slaves fleeing to Kansas from yellow fever outbreak in South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00033

HUSG2A-00033
Former slaves on a boat to the North after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00003

HUSG2A-00003
African-American man traveling on foot. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: HUSG2A-00046

HUSG2A-00046
Former slave couple in spring outside their cabin in Virginia after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Emancipated slaves fleeing to Union-held soil, 1863

Emancipated slaves fleeing to Union-held soil, 1863
Former slaves reaching Union lines after the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Former slaves meeting with federal officials in North Carolina, 1866

Former slaves meeting with federal officials in North Carolina, 1866
General Stedman and other officials meeting with freed slaves near Trent River, North Carolina, 1866. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEmancipation Collection: Black citizens casting their first ballots, 1867

Black citizens casting their first ballots, 1867
Former slaves casting their first vote, 1867. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration


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