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Using Fear of Racial Equality to Sell Secession

Before the Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, even before Abraham Lincoln took office, the seven seceded states sent commissioners to the still-loyal slave states in the hopes of convincing them to join their fledgling Confederacy. They all said basically the same thing: the destruction of slavery and the equality of

Mr. Reed – “Somebody Who Wore the Shoe”

Mr. Reed, born into slavery in Mississippi, was interviewed in 1929. He talks about the education of slaves, religion, last names, the Civil War, the treatment of female slaves, and lynching during the Jim Crow Era. These may not be easy words to hear, but are word worth hearing.

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