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Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

The book draws on interviews with former slaves in the Library of Congress collections to convey the aspirations, sorrows, courage and hopes of ordinary people living through this period. More than 80 archival images complement the text. Major events covered include the rise of the domestic slave trade, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Republican Congress' Reconstruction policies. Speaker Biography: Author Linda B. Osborne is a senior writer and editor in the Library of Congress' Publishing Office. She mined the Federal Writers' Project slave narratives as well as materials in the Library's Manuscript, Prints and Photographs, Rare Book and Special Collections, and Geography and Map divisions for this work that focuses on the experiences of African-American children.
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