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Life After Emacipation . Orri, Geordie and Sebastian. Before the Civil war. Close to two million slaves were brought to the American South from Africa and the West Indies during the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade.

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life after emacipation

Life After Emacipation

Orri, Geordie and Sebastian

before the civil war
Before the Civil war
  • Close to two million slaves were brought to the American South from Africa and the West Indies during the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade.
  • Approximately 20% of the population of the American South over the years has been African American, and as late as 1900, 9 out of every 10 African Americans lived in the South.

Average amount of slaves on a farm

the emancipation proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation
  • President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war.
  • The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Proclamation page 1 out of

the underground rail road
The Underground Rail Road
  • The Underground Rail Road isn’t a literal rail road, it refers to a series of loosely organized safe houses, guides, and pathways used by run away slaves.
  • This system was mostly used by slaves trying to get from the south to the north.
  • It is estimated that at least 40,000 people used the system to escape slavery.

Slave using the a underground railroad path

sited webpages
Sited webpages
  • http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/scripts/sia/gallery.cgi
  • http://americanrevwar.homestead.com/files/civwar/slavery.html
  • http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/