The liberation of four million men, women, and children from slavery in the United States is often told as a one man, one-moment story. This lecture revisits the process of U.S. emancipation by looking at the emergence of “contraband” camps, settlements of refugees from slavery seeking protection in Union army lines, and tells the untold story of the many people and contingent moments that accomplished the real work of obtaining freedom in the middle of a civil war. It also considers how that militarized process set the U.S. apart from other slave societies in the Western Hemisphere undertaking emancipation in the 19th century.
University of Tennessee
University Center - Shiloh Room
1502 West Cumberland Ave