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Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

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In Illusions of EmancipationJoseph P. Reidy discusses how emancipation was not only a product of Lincoln’s proclamation or Confederate defeat, it was a process. Slavery did not die quietly or quickly, nor did it fulfill every dream of the enslaved or their allies. It unfolded unevenly, bringing drastic change, sensations of disorientation, and lives disrupted. But through it all, the former enslaved maintained the ideal that the struggle for freedom would result in victory. A book signing follows the program.


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