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‘It Didn’t Seem Like Slavery Time’ – Christmas Parties at the Big House

When interviewed in the late 1930s, most of the formerly-enslaved people fondly recalled the Christmas seasons when they were in bondage. In many cases, the interviewers specifically asked about holidays, and most times, the subjects shared a memory they held dear. Though most of the remembrances are positive, even jovial,

Henry McMillan – Successful Farmer Freed by Emancipation Proclamation

During the Civil War, the Federal government created the American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission. They were tasked with interviewing former slaves who had been set free by Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Over the course of several months, the AFIC commissioners traveled through the South and into Canada conducting their interviews. The