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The History Hour, Episode Two: Fighting Slavery—The Bumpy Road to Black Freedom

44 minutes 37 seconds

New-York Historical’s Chief Historian Valerie Paley and historian Harold Holzer discuss two items from Holzer’s book and New-York Historical's accompanying exhibition, The Civil War in 50 Objects. This episode features a petition to Abraham Lincoln for the recruitment of black troops, a broadside by Frederick Douglass, as well as a drawing by Frederick B. Schell and a wood engraving of slaves owned by Jefferson Davis from his plantation on the Mississippi.

The History Hour is a weekly webinar series, running during the Museum's temporary closing, exclusive for Members to participate in live. The series features Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley discussing the history behind highlights from the book, The Civil War in 50 ObjectsBecome a Member.

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