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"Rosa, Rebecca, Augusta", 1863-64. In 1863 and 1864, eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions were deliberately included to evoke sympathy from white northerners. Photographs of Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs, and Augusta Broujey were mass-produced and sold as part of the campaign.
Liberated slaves were treated as contraband or captured property at this time. The confiscation act of 1861 allowed seizing Confederate property but did not clarify the fate of captured slaves. One Union general gained notoriety for general order No. 11 which freed all slaves in areas under his control. President Lincoln countermanded this order amid concerns of the political consequences in four slave holding border states that remained in the Union.
1864 cdv of black slave, Wilson Chinn reading to 3 fair-skinned New Orleans slave children. Proceeds of the sale of cdv was used to raise money for education of Colored People in the Gulf. Northern whites were shocked and outraged at sight of white slaves (the light-complexioned slave children in this and other cdv's were described as immoral offspring of slave-owners). *s*
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