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Another View of the "Statue of Emancipation"

Even as the dramatic events of the Civil War were unfolding, artists and sculptors struggled to depict emancipation. After the war, as local communities and the nation attempted to memorialize the conflict and the transformation of four million people from slaves to free people, this artistic failing had significant consequences in shaping the memory of the war and why it was fought. Historian Josh Brown discusses early attempts, successful and unsuccessful, to depict "who freed the slaves" in sculpture.

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Source | Picturing U.S. History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence
Creator | Josh Brown
Item Type | Hyperlink
Cite This document | Josh Brown, “Another View of the "Statue of Emancipation",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 21, 2024,

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