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Anthony Bowen purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland and founded the…

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This photograph was taken in 1865 in Richmond Virginia. It shows a group of recently freed slaves, who became free with the fall of Richmond. It was on this date, December 6, in the year 1865 that the 13th amendment was ratified, banning slavery in the United States

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from Mental Floss

Fall of the South: Congress Passes Thirteenth Amendment

150 years ago today, the 13th amendment passed - Fall of the South: Congress Passes Thirteenth Amendment

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Horrible part of our history. Photos of real captured runaway slaves, taken by Fabrice Monteiro. entitled "Marrons. Les esclaves fugitifs". Slaves who tried to escape suffering the punishment described by the law then they were made to wear a heavy iron necklace with long stems, which had the function to hang in the brush and hamper any escape.

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from Cracked.com

The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery

Mr. & Mrs. Craft. She was very fair & posed as a white man and her husband who was dark posed as her slave. Together they escaped as master and slave as passengers on a riverboat.They escaped North and went to England until after the Civil War.

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During the Civil War, some Mississippi soldiers decided they didn’t want to fight for the Confederacy. The anti-Confederate rebellion in Jones County was led by Newton Knight, who opposed slavery and secession.  In the spring of 1864, the Knight Company overthrew the Confederate authorities in Jones County and raised the United States flag over the county courthouse in Ellisville. The county was known as the Free State of Jones, and some say it actually seceded from the Confederac...

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"MUM BETT" ELIZABETH FREEMAN, became one of the first enslaved African Americans in the state of Massachusetts to file a Legal Petition for Freedom, along with another of Ashley's slaves, a man called Brom. Her 1781 county court case, Brom and Bett v. Ashley, was a direct challenge to the existence of slavery in Massachusetts and her victory set the precedent for a later Massachusetts Supreme Court’s ruling that marked the informal ending of slavery, in the state.

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Obama Executive Order 13603 Authorizes Slavery In The US - Bobby Powell - Published on Aug 30, 2013 - Slavery is once more legal in the United States. In this episode of The Truth Is Viral, host Bob Powell reveals language buried deep inside Executive Order 13603, which Barack Obama signed into law on March 16th 2012 that gives the Federal gov't the legal authority to force any person into de facto slavery. [...]

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Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

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from The Huffington Post

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies: A Short Guide To 'The Half Has Never Been Told'

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