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National Expansion and Reform
Pre-Civil War African-American Slavery
Photographs of Slaves and Slave Life

The first two photographs below show so-called "contrabands" (slaves who had been liberated by Union army forces or who came into Union lines on their own) lounging in front of a building in 1862. The second photo shows a building in Atlanta, Georgia, in which slave sales had taken place. The lower two photographs show the slave quarters-buildings that housed the slaves on a relatively large plantation before the war. What do the photos suggest about slaves and slave life in the United States before the Civil War?

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group of African-Americans

Group of "Contrabands", May 14, 1862

auction house

Auction and Negro Sales, 1864

family

The Whole Black Family, [1907?]

houses

The Hermitage, Slave Quarters, [1907?]


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